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Terracotta Grill: Turn a Terracotta Flower Pot Into a BBQ Grill


 

Watch Household Hacker turn this simple flower pot into a terracotta grill for a barbecue.

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Terracotta Grill

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Automated Aeroponics Garden


 

Watch this video from Kirsten Dirksen as these students build an automated aeroponics garden kit using NASA technology.

The more I learn about aeroponics and aquaponics gardening, the more excited I get about the prospects of the future.  Maybe humankind can actually avert future food shortages with these techniques.

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5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics DIY video for beginners


DIY 5 Gallon Bucket Aeroponics

Watch this video as Dennis McClung from Garden Pool shows how to construct your own DIY aeroponics system.

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Hydroponic Garden Tower – DIY


 

Watch this video as the narrator from Food Abundance shows how to build your own DIY hydroponic garden tower.

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Oyster Mushroom Kit


 

Oyster Mushrooms (from the Pleurotus genus) which also include the Tree Oyster Mushroom (P. ostreatus) are among the most widely cultivated and edible mushrooms in the world.  Watch this video as Misilla from LearnToGrow shows her Oyster Mushroom growing kit.  This is sure to be a great project to learn how to grow mushrooms for the first time.

You can get the same kit shown in the video here:  Organic Mushroom Farm

 

Oyster Mushroom

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Raw Local Honey and Allergies


Raw honey and allergies

By A. Page

Honey is a favorite among children and tea-makers alike.  You may be surprised to find that the honey at the grocery store is no better for you than refined sugar.  The pasteurization process, whether it be heated or processed, kills all the good stuff; enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Worse yet, processed honey has lost the majority of its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

Raw honey is without a doubt, a cut above the typical.  With everything intact, raw honey comes with many uses.  When you’re sick, raw honey can help to strengthen your immune system and soothe your sore throat.  On a daily basis, honey helps to calm nerves, relieve pain, and balance your blood sugar.  The benefits list for raw honey seems to be growing every year.  However, local raw honey holds yet another shining benefit: Protection from allergies.

Honey and Allergies:  how it helps

Regular raw honey can get this job, but local raw honey simply does it better. Why? Because local raw honey is made with pollen that have grown in your neighborhood and is able to introduce your body to these allergens at a level that won’t trigger your symptoms.  This allows your body to begin building an immunity, or rather, a tolerance to your triggers.  Typically, a few months prior to the allergy season you begin supplementing your meals with local honey to prepare for the coming torture.

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that about 36 million people in the United States suffer from season allergies. Though local raw honey isn’t a cure-all, it certainly can help you cut back on over-the-counter products for relief.  Furthermore, raw local honey is an amazing amenity we may not be seeing for too much longer.  When you purchase that local honey you’re helping your community.  The money you give them goes in their pocket, and where does it go from there?  Back into your own local economy.  In addition, Colony Collapse Disorder continues to remove worker bees from their queen and thus, the honey supply suffers.  Purchasing local raw honey supports your immune system, and helps your local beekeeper to support their bees, and thus- many ecosystems on our Earth.

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Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar In 4 Easy Steps


Make homemade apple cider vinegar

Making homemade apple cider vinegar is easy!

By A. Page

Apple Cider Vinegar is acclaimed by numerous health resources for many reasons.  Not only is great for your immune system and stamina, there are also an endless number of ways it can be practically applied.  Cleaning, rinsing, and personal hygiene have all been found to be great ways to utilize Apple Cider Vinegar.  Though Apple Cider Vinegar is not exactly a pricey purchase, many people enjoy making their own.  It takes seven months, but it is well worth the wait and the bragging rights.

Here’s how you can easily make homemade apple cider vinegar

1. Wash ten organically grown apples.  These can be of any variety, but should all be around the same size.  Then, cut the washed apples into quarters.  Don’t worry about removing the seeds or the stems, as every part of the apple is useful to the process of Apple Cider Vinegar.

2. Let the apples sit out on the corner to brown.  Not to the point of rot, but all exposed parts of the apple should be golden and browned.  Follow this by putting the quarter apples into a large, wide-mouthed jar or bowl.

3. Pour just enough water to cover the apples into the jar.  Cover them with a cheesecloth and do not seal the jar.  This mixture needs to let in a bit more oxygen than normal.  Take the covered jar or bowl and place it in a warm and dark place.  Whether this be the attic, or the den, it doesn’t matter.  Leave the jar to stand for six months, stirring once a week.

4. At the end of six months, retrieve the jar.  Normal bacteria will form on the top of the mixture.  Filter the liquid by whichever method you prefer into a second jar or bowl.  When all the liquid is transferred to the second jar or bowl, cover it with the same cheesecloth.  Leave it to stand for four to six weeks. You’re finished! Transfer this Apple Cider Vinegar into smaller containers, sealed or not.

Though it can be tempting, do not ferment or store your Apple Cider Vinegar in metal containers.  The high acid content of the apples will corrode the metal, and ruin your Apple Cider Vinegar.  Once you’ve got your first batch done, this recipe can be flavored.  Ginger, raspberries and fresh herbs are a few favorite additions.  These creations are great for cooking and salad dressings!

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Home Brewed Beer. Yes you can do it!


Home Brewed Beer

^ You can do this! ^

Who doesn’t love a good beer?  But did you know you don’t have to leave it to the breweries to satisfy your thirst for a great beer?  You can make your own from home, and it’s easier than you think!

Not only can home brewing be a fun past time and hobby, it can also be a great skill to use for barter when the SHTF

 

 

On that note, we’ll leave you with today’s featured headline:

How to make beer at home from scratch

 

Plus a great DIY video to go along with it

 

To get you started on your own home brewed beer

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Tomatoes All Winter- The Best Way To Ripen


Tomatoes all winterWritten by A. Page

When summer ends and your garden is ready to be ripped up, it’s heartbreaking to throw away the dozens of green tomatoes that didn’t quite make it to the ripening process. Often times, we struggle to find efficient ways to store those green beauties. Most stick them up on the window sill and hope they turn before they rot. Surprisingly, tomatoes need no sunlight to ripen. A good majority of the time, this causes the skins to be harder and makes them more susceptible to rotting.

So, how do you store those gems for ripening?

1. Plan out how long you want your tomatoes to last you. It’s possible to harvest in September and be feeding off the same crop in January. Separate your tomatoes in groups based on your needs.

2. Inspect and wash the tomatoes under running water. You’ll want to get rid of damaged,spotted, and soft tomatoes. Save those for the window sill because the chances they will rot are pretty high and you don’t want them having an effect on your healthy tomatoes. The cool running water will get rid of fungus and lower the cross-contamination rate. Washing one by one isn’t time efficient and often doesn’t get rid of dangerous bacteria.

3. Get a series of flat, wide, and liquid proof containers to store them in. Each container should be big enough to leave about two inches in-between your tomatoes. Put a line of thick absorbent material along the bottom, so in the event that one of your tomatoes does rot, it will not be in contact with the other tomatoes. Make sure the tomatoes are clean and dry before placing them in containers.

4. Pick a few areas in your house that are clean and dry. Humidity causes rot. These areas should have temperature differences but still should rest between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler areas is where your winter tomatoes will ripen, and the warmer areas are for autumn tomatoes.

Periodically check your tomatoes. They will ripen over a period of two weeks to three months. It’s important you check them because if one begins to rot, they all will. Once tomatoes are about half way ripe, take them to the kitchen counter and cover them will a dry towel until they’re finished. Though it takes preparation and diligence, the tomatoes from your garden are much healthier for you than anything you’ll find in the grocery store during the cold months.