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Abe Connally

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When considering what material to use for a floor, few people look beyond a concrete slab, with something like tile or carpet as a finish. For us, however, there were several factors that made a stabilized compressed earth brick (SCEB) floor far more appealing, including cost, skill, and time required.... Read more »

If you’re growing your own fruit and vegetables, or just trying to eat food that’s produced locally, you come across one obvious problem: when something is in season, you have more than you can handle, and then there’s nothing for the rest of the year. The obvious solution is to... Read more »

Soil blocks GREATLY reduce transplant shock, leaving you with more survivors in your garden. They won’t create root balls like starter pots or trays, they don’t limit roots in the soil like peat or paper pots, and they don’t destroy roots like flats. Making soil blocks requires a soil block... Read more »

Beekeeping is an ancient DIY art, practiced by amateurs and makers for centuries. Anyone can produce natural honey at home by making their own hive. Here’s how to build a cheap and simple beehive called the Honey Cow. The Honey Cow is designed to mimic nature. Unlike commercial hives, it... Read more »

With a motor and some piping, it’s easy to enjoy free energy forever. Read more »

Avoid transplant mortality by making soil blocks. Read more »

Make your tool bucket even handier with a nifty cover. Read more »