There are many different types of emergencies that can have long-term repercussions on our way of life. One of those impacts is on our food system. Due to our aging infrastructure and roadways, emergencies can stall the delivery of goods, leaving a community without food for a given period of time. As well, personal emergencies such as job loss could also wreak havoc and make purchasing food all the more difficult. Because these types of emergencies can come out of the blue, many have taken to gardening as a way to insulate themselves from unforeseen emergencies.
Molds like wet, damp places. We breathe in the fungi everyday but continuous exposure to the mold spores can lead to an assortment of adverse effects. The most common health effects from mold contamination include allergic rhinitis, asthma, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Those with a compromised immune system may also develop more serious respiratory conditions. (Related: Household Mold may Promote Asthma and Colds.)
Why homesteading? Some people choose to raise their own food or use home remedies to avoid questionable commercial products. Other focus on taking steps to stock up on food or prepare for everyday emergencies for peace of mind. Some enjoy the challenge of learning new skills and getting more exercise and time outside. Whatever your reason, you’ll find a wide range of resources on the site to help you along.
When you’re watering tiny seedlings, it’s hard to remember they’ll soon be sprawling plants with heavy fruit. But that’s when you should install your supports. Plants grow quickly, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity. Plus, early supports help train plants to grow upward and prevent damage and disease. Ideally, introduce supports when you transplant your starts outside. Or if you grow plants from seed, install them after you thin the seedlings.
Do you ever wake up in the morning lacking inspiration for breakfast? I know that I do! Then occasionally I will have breakfast ready for my boys when they wake up in the morning but when they come downstairs they might ask for something completely different. And who can resist such a cute little face?
One of the most important considerations for indoor gardening is light. While some vegetables will chug along with a bare minimum of six hours of light daily, they will flourish with 12-16 hours daily. Clearly, grow lights are a must, especially during winter. However, one of the most common mistakes among indoors gardeners is using the wrong type of light.
In general, ducks are less destructive and lay better in the winter. But, they are far messier and noiser than chickens. Having both is awesome, though and I seem to get the best of both worlds. Perhaps try them both for yourself and see which you like best. Or maybe you’ll be like me and just love them both!
Growing your own vegetables is the best idea if you want to have fresh food all year long and make sure that what you eat is organic. Did you know that you can grow fruits and vegetables in containers? This is a great solution for those who live in an apartment but still wish to have their own small garden at home. One of the vegetables that can be grown like this are bell peppers which need warm soil in order to grow healthy. The first step of growing bell peppers is to buy the plant from a nursery and choose the right sized pot for it.
Have you ever bought something that came in one of those plastic mesh bags? Of course you have — produce… toys… I’ve even seen socks packaged in them. Typically, you rip into the bag from any old angle, dump the contents, and toss the bag in the garbage. I used to do that, too, until I became enlightened by the homesteader’s spirit.
How to identify, test for and prevent goat diseases in your homestead goats People who own farms and land know how important it is to have healthy animals. These animals require as much attention as any other pets. It is not that difficult to keep your farm animals healthy if you pay regular attention to how they are.
Lavender is a beautiful perennial evergreen plant that hails from southern Europe and the mountain regions located on the western border of the Mediterranean and also North and East Africa, Arabia, India and the Canary Island. Today, this highly versatile plant is grown all over the world for both personal as well as commercial use.
When preparing for a long term emergency, it’s good to have a variety of foods stored away for times when you might not be able to get to a grocery store for a while. “Food fatigue” is a real thing, causing people to choose to starve instead of eating the same thing over and over again.
I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat, and you feel trapped. You want to homestead. You want to have a piece of land and grow a garden or raise livestock. But you don’t have any extra income to get started. And you wonder how other people do it.
Anyone can learn and put into practice the types of things many homesteaders have been using for more than one hundred years. Once you are able to master many of these concepts you will wonder how you were able to survive so long without them. This article was designed to share several of the steps you can use in your own lives in order to become much more self-sufficient.
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It's easiest to work in grams and I just found the 2nd of the two calculators below and its much simpler and cleaner than the first one plus it has a conversion calculator as well.
Oil pulling is the act of placing roughly a tablespoon of a good quality oil (preferably unrefined and organic) in your mouth and swishing the oil around for 15-20 minutes, forcing it back and forth through the teeth. The oil is then spit out (DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL), and the mouth is rinsed with water or salt water and/or the teeth are brushed. It depends on which recommendations you follow.
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and in the pioneer books I read they often tried to drink some of the apple cider vinegar daily to stay healthy. One book I read talked about how important apple cider vinegar was to helping them fight off scurvy when food became sparse.
The good news is that your diet can play an important role in either improving or worsening your allergies. Make a grocery list of the following foods as they can go a long way in offering you relief from your lasting allergies.
First of all, with cooler temperatures people generally spend more time indoors. With that comes more exposure to indoor pollutants, as well as a higher concentration of them in the air. These chemical pollutants can be from ventilation systems, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) released from particleboard desks, furniture, carpets, glues, paints, office machine toners, and perfumes.
Live is full of bumps and bruises, tummy aches and other minor illnesses. With a little know-how, you can treat many common ailments with items from your garden or pantry. There are also many daily wellness choices that improve your quality of life. The Home Remedies and Natural Health posts are grouped into the following topic areas:
Once I started harvesting them, I learned quickly that fresh radishes are bad about getting really rubbery if you leave them out at room temperature for more than a day. After a little experimentation, I learned a couple of ways to store fresh radishes to keep them crisp until you’re ready to use them.
Disclaimer: I am going to be somewhat verbose and poetic when setting the stage for this article, but I promise to be as concise and matter of fact as I am capable of with the bulk of it. Please indulge me in this, as I not only want to share the knowledge I have gleaned about this topic, but also a little bit of the passion I have learned for it that motivates this article in the first place. Thank you in advance for your patience!
A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home is under construction, but it’s also possible to add a root cellar to your basement, or build one outside your home. Root cellars are a great low-cost, no-energy way to store food and extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
PVC pipes aren’t just useful for plumbing, they are a good material for a lot of DIY projects. Besides the fact they are quite cheap, these particular type of pipes are easy to work with, light to move around and durable! So without any further a due, we like to present you a number of projects that will require PVC pipes and will in the end improve your homestead. Take a look at the watering grid or the tool holder, any of these projects will help you organize in a better way. The hand-held corn and bean planter, as well as the strawberry planter tower or tomato cages will do a lot for making gardening easy. There is a chicken feeder, chicken tractor or even a milking stand which you can try to make with PVC pipes. Browse through the projects and find your favorite one.
This year I supersized one of our favorite dice games and took it outside. I made a giant set of dice for just a few dollars, and instead of sitting around the table, we’re taking our game of Yahtzee out into the backyard. This giant DIY Yard Yahtzee set is quickly becoming our favorite backyard game yet! Check out the step-by-step tutorial to make your own below.
If you have time, space, and inclination, you can turn your backyard into an edible garden that grows not only vegetables but a variety of fruit. Most supermarkets stock commercially cultivated fruits from all over the world, and all season long, so growing those may seem like a waste of time and effort. But there are many rare and unique fruits out there for you to grow and enjoy.
It’s a common weed, easily found all over the world. It’s edible and has an abundance of nutrients, including protein, vitamins and minerals. Externally, it is used for wounds, even on open skin, for drawing out toxins and increasing the permeability of bacterial cell walls.
A pergola is an outdoor structure that a lot of people can add to their property to provide a good amount of shade. If you want to build your own as a DIY project, then check out these pergola plans and ideas for your property.
Now, I was raised on Off! as a mosquito repellent, but these days, it seems we’re looking for things that are a little less toxic to the skin. Unfortunately, the easiest and most effective method to repel mosquitoes involves the toxic chemical DEET. While the health effects of DEET are not conclusive, they are scary enough to warrant the government recommending limited exposure. Even though many repellents may have low concentrations of DEET, I’d still rather steer clear of any mosquito repellents with chemicals.
Keeping herbs on a bright windowsill is not just convenient when preparing home cooked meals throughout the winter months in cooler climates; it’s also a good option year round for apartment or condo dwellers. With plenty of light, water, and good soil, the right herbs will thrive indoors.