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Why You Should Braid Your Onions Like a Pioneer Woman — Tips from The Kitchn | The Kitchn.

Well, this looks like a great idea…but I can’t figure out how they did it. Maybe they boxed the back in? I come across a ton of old shutters in free piles. It would be great to find a way to reuse them.

via Recyclart !.

7 Reasons Why You Need to Start Saving Seeds Today | No Ordinary Homestead

BESIDES preparing for post-apo times, there’s other reasons,too.

If you’re giving them as a gift, making hand decorated or computer printed seed packets are fun.
These made by alisa burke are beautiful.

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If you’re looking for a variety of envelopes, ask one of your local stores that sells greeting cards if you can have the cast-offs to recycle. The greeting card companies ask the retailers to send the actual cards back or destroy them when the cards are out of season but the envelopes are usually tossed in the garbage or recycling. Some stores gladly give whole boxes away instead of having to deal with the waste.


We currently live in a house with very little yard space BUT we have a driveway and no car! I attempted container gardening last summer but it was a lot of effort, a lot of containers and just was sort of cluttered. This year , I’m trying this out and so far, so good.
This particular shelf is 9 inches deep, so works well for herbs.

I also upcycled an old armoire that had a broken leg and couldn’t be fixed into a planter for my tomatoes.
Excuse the toy clutter in the background.

The only problem I ran into is that this was pretty old and the rain warped it. I used the drawers as planters ,too, but one good rain made them fall apart. They were pretty and very Pinterest worthy (didn’t take a pic.Oops) but not functional.

Now whenever I find furniture on the side of the road ,the main thing I’m looking at is if can be turned into a raised bed-planter thingy.

Some of these design plans are dreamy.

1 Acre Farm

10,000-square-foot Solviva Greenhouse and 10 walk-in Solviva Coldframes,
plus outdoor growing beds, plus grazing areas for chickens and sheep, plus Store and Visitor Center.
No heating fuel or grid electricity. No toxic pesticides or water pollution.

Solviva Solargreen Home,
southwest adobe style

The Solviva Backyard Food Factory: northeast view.
Vegetables, eggs, chicken year-round, without heating fuel or grid electricity or pesticides or pollution.

The Solviva Backyard Food Factory: southeast view.
It even has a small hottub and sitting area.

via Solviva – Sustainable Solar-Dynamic Bio-Benign Design: Offering Better Ways to Live, at Less Cost Today and Tomorrow, Anywhere on Earth.


True story. Yet those plastic fuckers will survive most post-apo scenarios. Well… the ones that don’t involve plastic melting flames and scorching heat.

But you’ll have to grow food and you’ll have enough to do without trying to guess which shit you planted where. This are cooler than Popsicle sticks because they’ll last year after year.

Start hoarding the Sharpies now. You’ll need them.




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