Cute DIY project from recycled material

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What you’ll need:

#10 cans,drill and small bit, spray paint, potting soil, plants

Clean and dry your #10 cans. Make sure any labels are thoroughly removed. If you have a stubborn one or glue that won’t release, spray a little WD40 on it. Let it sit a minute and then roll it right off.

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Drill enough holes to allow for proper draining.  I used a super small bit, so I needed more holes.  My bit was a little too small and broke on the last hole I drilled.  :/

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Next, spray your can.  You just need to spray the outside.  I used paint that was double coat strength, after realizing that regular spray paint took more than 2 coats.

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Make sure you are in a well ventilated area with no wind. Place your cans on newspaper to protect the ground. Spray in small, swift strokes at least 6 inches from the can, to avoid drips.

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Add good quality potting soil and the plant of your choice.  My planters are in full sun, (more than 6 hours a day) so I chose plants that love the sun.  Primrose and herbs.

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Water your new plant very well and attach to your wall or fence.  Add a few other decorative items with your new plant pots, to increase interest. planters on fence

NOTE:  You will need to water these more often as weather heats up, at least once daily.

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

Here we show you 40 ways to self reliant living and self sufficiency whether you live in the city or the suburbs. Urban homesteading and urban self sufficiency is a lifestyle sought out by the baby boomers, and for good reason! So many people think that having a large piece of land allows them to be self sufficient. As I have always said, it is not the size that counts, but what you do with it! 😉

 

Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency.

DIY Raised Bed for gardening

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For this project, you will need two 8 foot 2×12 planks (cut in half), 4 corner brackets, screws, weed preventing landscape cloth, scrap cardboard, veggie scraps, green leaves, green grass clipping or other green matter, leaves, twigs, dried hay/grass or other brown material, organic soil.

NOTE:(we made our raised bed 3×6 to fit our space. you can make yours whatever size you wish. 4×4 is easier to work without the need for stepping in the soil. and we used brackets we had on hand.  choose whatever works best for you.)

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Using your electric screwdriver,  mount the corner bracket in the center of your board. Make sure it is straight and flush.

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Attach the remaining board via the bracket, forming a corner.Image

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It’s easier to do this if you have someone help you hold the board against the bracket, while you use the electric screw driver to screw it together.

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You now have your raised bed frame.

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Cut weed preventing landscape cloth a few inches bigger than the inside of the box/bed.  You will need this extra cloth to staple to the wood.

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Next, add cardboard you have saved for this project.  It’s biodegradable and will work as a moisture barrier.  Cardboard is considered “brown” material and works with your raised bed to provide nutrients like dried leaves would.  Don’t skip this step.

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Keep filling your bed until the cardboard is as even as you can get it. Make sure it’s flat as possible.  You can add several layers.

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Add green material on top of the cardboard.  Green material is anything like veggie scraps, fruit peelings, green leaves, small amount of grass clippings, eggshells, coffee grounds.

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We added banana leaves from a tree we pruned and other leaves and small twigs from pruning trees and shrubs. Don’t use large twigs or sticks.

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Cover the cardboard as well as possible with your green matter.  You are building a “compost” under your soil which will feed your plants for months and help maintain moisture in your soil.

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Next add brown material: dried leaves, some dried grass, dried tomato vines, dried corn husks, small twigs. (if you don’t have dried leaves, you can use strips of newspaper or other scrap paper)

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Break up any twigs or vines into small pieces.  We walk on ours to crunch it up and press it down before we add the soil.

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Add organic soil on top of your other layers and smooth it as evenly as possible.  You will have to add more soil, in time, as the levels compress and compost.

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Now your raised bed is ready for planting!  If you’d like to make the most of your space, make a grid from twine, mapping off 16 squares, each one being 1 square foot.  Plant your veggies in each square. You can read about square foot gardening online or look for future posts about it, here.

How to Make Eggshell Calcium (and Why You’d Want to) – Mama Natural

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Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

While most of our calcium resides in our bones and teeth, it’s also important for muscle contraction, nerve health, enzyme activity and cell formation.

In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calcium… and if we don’t get what we need, our bodies have no problem pulling excess stores from our teeth and bones.

How to Make Eggshell Calcium (and Why You’d Want to) – Mama Natural.

Homemade Coconut Milk – The Recipe to Remember | Crunchy Betty

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WAIT! Even if you’ve decided you hate coconut milk (for whatever ungodly reason), you’re going to want to remember this post. This recipe. Because drinking it, eating it, and cooking with it isn’t all you can do. In fact, tomorrow I have a super secret special surprise about what you CAN do with it that doesn’t involve tasting it in any way. (Want to know what that is? Make shampoo with coconut milk and castille soap! Here are the instructions. Enjoy!)

 

Homemade Coconut Milk – The Recipe to Remember | Crunchy Betty.

KNOTS

KNOTS

“Every Scout ought to be able to tie a knot. To tie a knot seems a simple thing, and yet there are right and wrong ways of doing it, and Scouts ought to know the right way. Very often it happens that lives depend on a knot being properly tied.” – Robert Baden- Powell, “Scouting for Boys”, 1908.

Composting: a guide to making compost at home, using compost tumblers, bins & other composters | Eartheasy.com

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Composting Benefits

Soil conditioner. With compost, you are creating rich humus for lawn and garden. This adds nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture in the soil.

Recycles kitchen and yard waste. Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.

Introduces beneficial organisms to the soil. Microscopic organisms in compost help aerate the soil, break down organic material for plant use and ward off plant disease.

Good for the environment. Composting offers a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers.

Reduces landfill waste. Most landfills in North America are quickly filling up; many have already closed down. One-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials.

via Composting: a guide to making compost at home, using compost tumblers, bins & other composters | Eartheasy.com.

Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater

Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater

We recently featured one way to heat your house with the sun, but DIYer Daniel Strohl has spent three years perfecting his homemade solar garage heater, made out of a wooden box, some vacuum parts, and a lot of empty soda cans.

It may be the middle of summer, a time where we worry about beating the heat instead of embracing it, but there’s no better time to prepare for the winter cold. After all, you don’t want to get caught in December with an unfinished heating project. Sure, the project itself won’t take 3 months, but drinking 180 cans worth of soda might.

 

Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater.