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Home Grown Medicine Cabinet

Home Grown Medicine Cabinet

If you make the decision to activate your innate self-healing mechanisms, stay away from the medical system, eat healthily and live as naturally as you can, without doubt your health and vitality will improve. Nonetheless, even if you enjoy excellent health (as we do) you might find you need a little extra support every now and then. We avoid the medical system (it is the plague) and pharmaceuticals by choice and this post is about the home grown and natural…

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Dirt Cheap Fertilizer: micro-organisms

Dirt Cheap Fertilizer: micro-organisms

JADAM: people who are like nature The year before last a friend introduced us to JADAM: ultra low-cost organic farming from Korea. JADAM means, ‘people who are like nature’ and refers to nature-like people who choose to follow the wisdom of nature. JADAM focuses on the growing cycle and is less all-encompassing than permaculture, which ironically for us turned out to be too prescriptive and not really suited to our life-style. There is a spirit to JADAM, that I found…

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Waste Water Reed Bed

Waste Water Reed Bed

Convenience or freedom? As off-gridders we have to deal with our own shit, quite literally, as well as waste and grey water. There are many systems out there, but every system I researched seemed overly complicated, labour intensive and expensive. So we found our own solution that was cheap, effective and maintenance free – so far. There is no public sewage system in this area of rural Ophiussa. Most of the houses have some form of septic tank. We did…

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First Six Years of the Garden

First Six Years of the Garden

Year One in the Garden We moved here in May 2013, into the cabin we built, and in the winter of 2014 we cleared about an acre of straggly pines, from a gentle south facing slope to the west of where we were renovating the old house. Situating the garden was a big decision. We considered putting it closer to the house, which would have been more convenient, but it wasn’t feasible with all the building work going on. These…

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Dreamcatcher Tomatoes

Dreamcatcher Tomatoes

We finally got to put up the trellis for the tomatoes. We’ve wanted to get them closer to the house for a long time, but first we had to build the house and clear the rubble. That’s taken a few years. We used abandoned yurt poles for the main supports and washing line, with a couple of hula hoops to make the trellis, because that’s what we had. the dreamcatcher weave is an easy way to make the trellis and…

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Easy Five Star Chicken Coop

Easy Five Star Chicken Coop

Greetings! My name is Zubynelgenubi, Zubi to my friends. I’m a gallo piñeira and I’m the king of the five star chicken coop, that was made by my valet Mister D, following my instructions. Mister D had a hard time finding a good design, one that would be relatively easy for him to make and that would meet the needs of me and the starlets. Mister D said that many of the designs on the internet either looked very pretty,…

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Salvage Greenhouse

Salvage Greenhouse

DIY greenhouse from salvage This was our first greenhouse effort: Several hundred euros, several hundred pieces to put together, eighty-five pages of instructions and fifteen minutes of wind!  Obviously way too suburban for our environment. We salvaged some bits of polycarbonate to make cold frames and the mice ate everything – now we have cats. Next, we tried a walipini.  Walipinis don’t work in clay, with wet winters.  Most of the posts on the internet that show how cheap, efficient…

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Water Management and Dealing with Your Own Shit

Water Management and Dealing with Your Own Shit

Enough of everyone else’s shit yet? The first year here, our neighbour farmer dumped a trailer load of cow manure on the garden, when I wasn’t around, and told my husband that I asked for it! Well, that was an error of communication, but it really brought it home to me in the most graphic way: I had to be really clear that I wasn’t going to take anyone else’s shit anymore. I have plenty enough of my own. The…

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Our Cob House

Our Cob House

We bought this place in March 2013.  No one had lived here for many years and the old house was falling down, which was just what we wanted.  Our plan was to build an eco-house, using local, natural materials and built by a true craftsman.  In part, this was a reaction to living in London and the brutal ugliness of the city – yes, parts of London are beautiful and we enjoyed living there for many years, but it is…

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Outdoor Shower Construction

Outdoor Shower Construction

We made an outdoor shower because it’s such a lovely thing to do – showering in nature!  We looked at lots of options for outdoor shower construction, but the key issue is location and access to water. We decided to put it just outside the fenced area to the cabin, so any early risers using it don’t get startled by the dogs.  Izzy can jump the fence, but she is much smaller than the dobermanns.  The area we chose is…

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