Build A Rainwater Collection System In Your Backyard! 9 Tips for Rainwater Collection !

Natural rainwater is an excellent resource for just about any activity that requires water. Gardening, laundering, bathing, and drinking can all be done with natural rainwater, as long as proper cleaning is practiced prior to use.

Although it may take a bit of extra money for the initial setup of a rainwater harvesting system, you can save usually between 30 and 50 percent on you water bill by using natural rainwater.

Rainwater is typically very clean, and best of all, it is absolutely free. Collection of rainwater will improve self-sufficiency and may also be extremely beneficial in case of emergency.

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Bored Of The Same Meals? Add Some Variety To Your Dishes With These Handy Tips

People say many good things about good food. Follow the tips here to add that special “magical” quality to all of your cooking.

Metal Skewers

If cooking with skewers is something you are considering, then you will want to know certain things. Twisted or square shaped metal skewers hold the food better than round ones will.

When cooking with skewers, be aware of some important facts. Not all metal skewers are created equal; traditional round metal skewers are not the best option to keep food in place when grilling. Choosing skewers with a different shape can be the secret to keeping your food from the bottom of your grill.

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11 Vegetable Diseases An Aid to Identification and Control

Actually, dozens of diseases may afflict a vegetablegarden, but fungus, bacterial,  viral and environmental factors that cause root rot are the most common to vegetable gardens planted across the United States. Diseases caused by fungus are among the most prevalent to plague vegetable garden planters and growers, and can turn a once thriving and flourishing garden into a disaster.

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7 Steps To Becoming The Perfect Self Sufficient Woman

I firmly believe that being self sufficient is one of the most important things a   woman can do. We rely on someone else for almost everything in our lives…

What would happen if one of those resources were suddenly gone? Would your family be able to find an alternative? Would they be able to get by until things were restored?

I’ve heard many excuses over the years….I can’t be more self sufficient because I live in the city. I can’t be self sufficient because I live in an apartment. I can’t be self sufficient because I don’t have room for a garden. Just excuses….If me and my family can be somewhat self sufficient in an RV I’m pretty sure anyone can take steps to be more self sufficient no matter where you live or what you have! Today we are going to talk about a few things that ANY WOMEN can do to become more self sufficient. Make sure to add your ideas in the comments too!

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10 Gorgeous Things We Can Learn From Old Homesteads

These pictures are from an authentic homestead on a piece of property my family owns and tries to maintain, but it’s a losing battle against time and money. There used to be dozens of these old abandoned homesteads in my area. When I was a kid I loved to explore them, it was like walking back in time. They were places where settlers actually took advantage of the Homesteading Act to acquire a large chunk of land and live off of it.

Today most of these old beauties have been torn down for safety reasons, and because they have become an eye sore to modern society. Some have even been pillaged to feed the demand for ‘old barn wood’ that is now considered stylish. However, if you have ever had the privilege of walking around one, you will find there are still plenty things they can teach us about self-reliance, values and priorities.

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10 Baby Steps Toward a Self Sufficient Lifestyle

In a utopian world, we would be 100% self-sufficient.  We would have enough food, enough water, enough power, and enough fuel, and perhaps most important, enough money to live a well-rounded, healthy and comfortable life.  We would have to work hard, yes, but at the end of the day we would have the satisfaction of  being able to take care of ourselves without selling out to greedsters or taking a handout from the government.

Today I will share some easy steps you can take to to start moving toward that 10 or 20% percent mark.  These are steps that do not require a farm, do not require acreage and do not require a lot of money to begin with.  They are practical steps that you can start with and that you can select from and embrace as you needs and desire for independence change and grow over time.

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A Goose and Its Golden Eggs

A homestead can always use another source of income.  So when you are ready to search for a new source of money, an animal that is easy to care for and an all around producer is the perfect choice.  Geese are great little pets, cook into a good meat, and the eggs can be used in a variety of ways.  Each one produces an income and this bird is a tasty treat at any time of the year.  If you haven’t had much experience with a goose, you are in for a treat.  They can be amusing to watch and can be trained to attack friends and family to your amusement.  A goose’s personality is just plain fun and you will find yourself laughing a lot as you spend time watching them.

Start with a few large geese in the yard.  They will begin to lay eggs right away.  As each egg drops you can assume your income is on its way.  You can let them free range or place them in a yard surrounded with a six-foot chicken-wire fence.  If you are going to be hatching out the eggs then cover the top with chicken wire too, because other predator birds love the baby goslings for food.  Hawks can make off with a baby gosling before the mother goose can turn around, so protect the babies if you are going to hatch eggs.  They will lay and hatch anywhere from three to five eggs at a time.

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3 DIY-Rotating Canned Food System (Photo, Video)

We have been looking for a way to store our canned food that takes up less space than just putting them on a shelf.  We found inspiration on Pinterest and built our own self-rotating racks!  With just a piece of plywood and some 1x3s and some 1x2s.  Some L brackets and lots of screws we built this!!  We made sure that the cans that we wanted to put here fit in each row.  At the bottom of each row, we put this wedge piece.

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