9 vegetables that are the easiest to grow in containers

You don’t need to have a backyard to grow your own food. If you’re limited to a cramped balcony, a small patio or even just a sunny windowsill, you can still grow vegetables. The key is to use containers, such as pots, planter boxes and barrels. You can even recycle old baskets and reusable bags … Continue reading 9 vegetables that are the easiest to grow in containers

14 Clever ways to reuse orange peels

Citrus fruits like oranges make for tasty, healthy snacks. Unfortunately, many people chuck the peels right into the garbage bin after they’re done. But what may look like garbage could have a few practical uses in the house. So the next time you enjoy a juicy, tangy orange, save the peels and reuse them instead … Continue reading 14 Clever ways to reuse orange peels

13 Brilliant uses for used coffee grounds

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. But coffee is good for more than just a morning pick-me-up. Used coffee grounds have many practical uses in your home and in the garden. You can even incorporate used coffee grounds into your daily skincare routine. Here are 13 clever uses for used coffee grounds: (h/t to FoodStorageMoms.com) Body … Continue reading 13 Brilliant uses for used coffee grounds

This fascinating off-grid lamp is powered by photosynthesis

Dutch designer Ermi van Oers has created an off-grid lamp that uses a living plant to produce light. The device, dubbed “Living Light,” uses microorganisms of plant origin to convert the chemical energy that a plant naturally produces during photosynthesis into an electric current. The lamp is fully self-sufficient, meaning it doesn’t have to be plugged into … Continue reading This fascinating off-grid lamp is powered by photosynthesis

Prepping food supply 101: How to survive if you run out of supplies during a long-term disaster

Preppers know that they shouldn’t be complacent just because they have a sizeable survival stockpile. Before SHTF, you should also start a home garden, learn about food preservation techniques and know how to find and purify water. These crucial skills will ensure that you can survive a long-term survival scenario if you run out of … Continue reading Prepping food supply 101: How to survive if you run out of supplies during a long-term disaster

4 Best food storage containers for your stockpile

Preparing an emergency food stockpile can be messy. Canned foods and drink bottles easily eat up space in the pantry or refrigerator, and not everyone has a lot of space for food and other essentials. Plus, mediocre food storage containers can leak and stain, failing to keep your food fresh and creating a mess in your … Continue reading 4 Best food storage containers for your stockpile

Home gardening tips: How to plant, grow and harvest 3 oregano varieties

Oregano is a versatile herb with many ornamental and culinary uses. Grow different varieties of oregano in your home garden or container garden if you want access to a fragrant, flavorful herb. (h/t to TheHomesteadingHippy.com) 3 Oregano varieties for your home garden Choose among the three oregano varieties below and plant one that suits your culinary needs. … Continue reading Home gardening tips: How to plant, grow and harvest 3 oregano varieties

Food storage tips: How to dehydrate foods for long-term storage

Food dehydration is one of the easiest and cheapest methods of food preservation. It lets you extend the shelf-life of extra produce after an abundant harvest without using preservatives or chucking them in the refrigerator. Plus, dried, nutrient-dense foods are a key part of any prepper’s stockpile. Read on to learn about the various benefits of … Continue reading Food storage tips: How to dehydrate foods for long-term storage

Homesteading hacks: 8 Non-toxic cleaners made with natural ingredients

Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in virtually every home in the form of household cleaners. These products contain chemicals, such as ammonia and sulfuric acid, that have been linked to a wide range of serious health problems, from brain damage to cancer. Although commercial household cleaners are effective, they simply pose too huge a risk … Continue reading Homesteading hacks: 8 Non-toxic cleaners made with natural ingredients

How to harness solar energy to power an off-grid air conditioner

You don’t have to sacrifice the comforts of a grid-tied home when you go off-grid. Thanks to recent advances in technology, you can now operate an air conditioner without relying on the power grid. Harnessing solar energy is one of the best ways to power an air conditioner. Here’s what you need to set up a solar power system in your … Continue reading How to harness solar energy to power an off-grid air conditioner