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A how to guide

Heat Your Home with Less Wood

Another year, another blink of an eye, and summer has already evaporated. As the wildflowers begin to thin and the days start to shorten, autumn will be marching breathlessly to our doors in the coming month, with winter hot on her heels. I know you’ve enjoyed your summer – your tan lines are still fresh, your garden is lush and fruiting – I know you don’t want to let go, […]

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20 Garden Hacks for the Quirky and Pragmatic Permaculturalist

There is a new term—hack—spinning wildly on the World Wide Web, and I’ve resisted it. I grew up in a time where a hack was someone who did a crappy job, so transitioning into the new definition has been an arduous process for me. But, words evolve, and times change. I don’t want to be the guy standing in the way, so for those of you only now stumbling on […]

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Making Biogas is Easy

Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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Starting a Business – Some Thoughts

One of the things I notice is that the same challenges come round again and again. Why does this matter in the world of Permaculture? Well, for a number of different reasons. If you accept the essential premises on which Permaculture is built you will appreciate that followers of the discipline agree to take as much responsibility for the welfare of themselves and their families as they can. So self-employment becomes an obvious choice.

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How to Make Your Own Plant-based Cooking Oils

On the road to self-sufficiency, there are lots of everyday items we run across that seem either impossible or too far-fetched for home production. In some cases, this is true: One can’t very well grow rice in England or wheat in the tropics, so the right answer is probably to minimize or cut out the use of certain things with regards to what can be produced locally. Such is life, and such is the case with cooking oil.

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Bunyip Water Level: Measure Contour Lines & Swales

To have professional surveyors map our contour lines was going to cost thousands of dollars and many we spoke to outright refused because of the number of trees and acreage. The estimates we did receive were not frequent in elevational increments – one even came in at “every 60 feet!” So we ended up hiring a company only for marking our property boundaries. To map the inner swales and contour […]

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Raised Garden Beds For Better Backyard Crops

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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How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

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

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

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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How To Use Squash Pits To Get Bigger Garden Yields

How To Use Squash Pits To Get Bigger Garden Yields

If you’ve never heard of a squash pit then you might be thinking “but squash have seeds, not pits!”. True, true, but check out this fun video. To see more great compositing ideas check out the extreme composting videos by David Goodman at the Home Grown Food Summit. Over 7 full days, you’ll enjoy 50+ hours of video interviews with the “who’s who” of the sustainable food movement. They’ll be […]

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Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

If you’ve been wondering about the whole barefoot movement than we’ve got a video for you. Doug Simons has been walking barefoot for over 20 years. In the video below Doug and Marjory Wildcraft discuss the pros and cons of walking barefoot. And there are some “con’s”; when and where do barefooters need to wear shoes? And what kind of shoes do barefooters wear when they wear shoes? If you […]

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