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How to Make Deodorant at Home

How to Make Deodorant at Home

DIY Deodorant you can make at home By Contributing Editor Sola Andenekan When I think of my deodorant, I'm constantly reminded of the little 3 oz plastic bottle. I'm always aghast when I throw those empty containers away knowing that I have just contributed to a...

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How to roast coffee beans at home

How to roast coffee beans at home

In this article we’ll teach you how to roast coffee at home. It’s a great way to both save money and produce a coffee to your own liking. With some experimentation you can create your own ‘signature roast’. I consider myself a coffee snob and was paying $12 a pound for one of my favorite blend and roasts.

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A Foragers Salad

A Foragers Salad

By Contributing Editor Nancy Hulse This past fall, we started a new bed in a shaded area along our driveway. We planted some red-twigged dogwood, ornamental grasses, several types of groundcover and mulched it heavily with compost. But the reality of any newly planted...

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How to Get Started Urban Chicken Farming

How to Get Started Urban Chicken Farming

 Contributing Editor: Will Johnston Raising chickens in the backyard is an easy, painless way to enjoy fresh eggs and get the benefits of raising chickens. Chickens are entertaining companions, competent weeders if you let them free range in the garden, and leave...

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PLAN YOUR GARDEN: DRAW A SHADE MAP

PLAN YOUR GARDEN: DRAW A SHADE MAP

If you're starting to plan a new garden, one of the first things to do is to establish where you'll find the maximum sun throughout the growing season. Especially if you're gardening in a small area, existing trees and structures cast shadows that can have a big...

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Getting started with vermiculture : how to raise worms

Why should you consider composting with Worms? Using worms in your compost will speed up the process to breakdown your compost, create higher quality compostable soil and save you money.   By putting worms into your compost the composting organic material is made...

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How to Take in a Shirt : An introduction to sewing article

How to Take in a Shirt : An introduction to sewing article

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Knowing how to take in a shirt or sweater can be the key to converting a shapeless garment into something flattering. This technique can be applied to almost any type of garment: t-shirts, blouses, sweaters, even some dresses....

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Fun Home Made Soda Recipes

Fun Home Made Soda Recipes

Instructions for Home Soda Making What you're going to need 1 gallon bottle with lid 1 packet champagne yeast 2 cups sugar Vanilla, Sarsaparilla or Root Beer extracts Pouring funnel Sterilizing solution Pipette Wash all your equipment with sterilizing solution....

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Starting a Container Garden

Starting a Container Garden

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Who says it takes forty acres and a mule to grow some of your own food? With a balcony, fire escape, or even a sunny windowsill, home gardening is perfectly accessible to the urban dweller. All you need are seeds, some basic...

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How to get started with seed saving

How to get started with seed saving

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain When frost has fallen on the garden, and your bean vines are hanging like last year's tattered birthday streamers from their supports, it's time to think about seed saving. Gathering matured garden seed at the end of the growing...

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A PLASTIC BAG DRYER MADE FROM CHOPSTICKS!

A PLASTIC BAG DRYER MADE FROM CHOPSTICKS!

By Contributing Editor Kristina Strain Washing out and re-using plastic zip bags is a simple and cost-effective way to boost your household sustainability. Rather than purchase a fancy doodad to hold your washed baggies as they dry, make one yourself from things you...

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