Darren North

The Secret Under Your Feet: Soil

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If you’re new to organic homesteading, you might have the romantic idea that since you are growing food the “natural” way, all you need to do is sow some seeds and Mother Nature will take care of the rest. Sadly, this isn’t true. If you’re planning to turn your yard into a permaculture paradise, don’t waste all your hard work by ignoring a vital step: improving your soil. You can’t […]

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Biochar: Helps Increase Crop Yields and Mitigates Climate Change

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Whenever we hear the word biochar, most of us are thinking that this is not a climate-friendly method since it undergoes combustion process and can aggravate greenhouse effect. Though this is a thousand years old industrial technology technique for soil enhancer, some are still confused if it’s the real deal. Is it, in fact, a too good to be true method for agriculture? What is Biochar? Biochar is a soil […]

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Raised Garden Beds For Better Backyard Crops

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Creating a safe-haven for plants is important for any avid gardener, regardless of how much prior experience one has with the practice of rearing plants. Raised garden beds are a great option for cultivating flowers, vegetables and herbs in one’s backyard as they provide a multitude of advantages. Firstly, for the plants, the soil will be at its best as you will have turned the soil that the garden bed […]

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What is Aquaponics and How Does it Work?

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Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals, and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two in a symbiotic combination in which plants are fed the aquatic animals’ discharge or waste. In return, the vegetables clean the water that goes back to the fish. Along with the fish and their waste, microbes play an important role to the nutrition of […]

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How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

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Can you turn something old into something new? Yes, you can and here is a great way to recycle the old style windows. The following is a basic guide on how to make a greenhouse out of windows. What You Will Need 1- Plan to collect two pair of equal sides of windows. 2- Shape the frame 3- Brace the walls 4- Secure the foundation 5- Place the windows on […]

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How to Make Soap Sustainably

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Soap is the most common item we use in our daily hygiene routines. There is a huge variety of soaps with different characteristics and fragrances that might not be as healthy for us or the environment as we think. There are some reasons why people change their regular soap bar with a more natural, human and environment-friendly soaps, that can easily be made at home. A sustainable lifestyle involves choosing […]

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Awesome Ways to Make Seed Balls with Kids

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Growing plants from seed is not always an easy task. It requires careful planning and proper follow through to germinate and survive long enough to send their nascent roots down into the soil. Though seeds are amazing structures designed to provide everything for a plant to start growing, most of them still need a bit of help to keep them secure from their surroundings. Seed balls, also referred to as […]

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Upside-Down Tomato Garden DIY

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We know that a lot of people want to grow tomatoes but simply do not have a backyard spacious enough for it or do not even have a backyard at all. Here’s a simple solution to remedy that: the upside-down tomato garden. You’ll be able to plant tomatoes and hang them vertically and they’ll consume only a very small amount of space. Do you want to build your own upside-down […]

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DIY Aquaponic PVC Garden

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Do you like fish? How about gardening? If you said yes to both of these questions, you’ll definitely love this project! The Aquaponic PVC Garden is powered by water pumps that push water up from a fish tank, up a higher pipe where the plants are, and lets gravity do its work by letting the water drip back into the same fish tank. If you do not know what aquaponics […]

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