Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! (The Self-Sufficiency Series)
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Now, more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living—whether they’re urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps of Back to Basics and Homesteading, this large, fully-illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.
Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmentally and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce; can fruits and vegetables; bake bread and cookies; design interactive and engaging “green” projects; harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes; boil sap to make maple syrup; and build treehouses, furniture, and more. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles, and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.
materials required are very affordable, and it is durable and recyclable. Most hemp jewelry is created by making a series of knots and by incorporating beads or charms if you want. By repeating one of two knot patterns, you will make a spiral piece of jewelry; by incorporating two different knot patterns, you will be able to make a flat pattern. It is quite simple to make hemp necklaces and bracelets by following these simple steps. A ball of hemp twine (about 1 mm thick and the smoother the
amounts of carded wool on either side of a burlap sack. Using felting needles, weave the wool into the burlap until it is tightly held by the jute or hemp fabrics of the burlap. Spinning Wool Take one long roll of carded wool and wind the fibers around the spindle. Move the wheel gently and hold the spindle to allow the wool to “draw,” or start to pull together into a single thread. Keep moving the wheel and allow the yarn to wind around the spindle or a separate spool, if you have a more
yellow pine is ⅞ inch thick for the body, 1 inch for the lid, and ⅝ inch for the outside plinth and facings; the bottom is of �-inch red pine. The plinth has an ovolo molding on it, but you will commonly see an ogee molding. The top facing is in two parts, one being screwed to the edge of the lid and rounded on the top; the other one, upon which are run a bead and a chamfer, is merely nailed to the box. The body of the box is dovetailed and glued, but the plinth and top facing are mitered and
The only other repairs likely to be needed are new downrights and heads. The former only require driving in and nailing, and the latter have only to be mortised the same way as the old ones and pinned. Figure 183—Field Gate Repaired Figure 184—Spliced Gate Rail Figure 185—Spliced Gate Beam Figure 186—Scarfed Gate Beam Figure 187—Wicket Gate Figure 188—Joints in Wicket Gate Wicket Gates The simplest and smallest gate that you can make is a wicket gate. It has the average size of about 3
edible-pod varieties should be harvested when the seeds are fully developed but still fresh and bright green. Pods are getting too old when they lose their brightness and turn light or yellowish green. Peppers—Harvest sweet peppers with a sharp knife when the fruits are firm, crisp, and full size. Green peppers will turn red if left on the plant. Allow hot peppers to attain their bright red color and full flavor while attached to the vine; then cut them and hang them to dry. Potatoes