Tag Archives: DIY

“Wings of Life” mesmerizes and inspires

We received the “Wings of Life” documentary on Saturday, I ordered it from Amazon and had it shipped here by mail, but I couldn’t even begin to think about writing a review of the film until just the other day–so mesmerized by the vivid depiction of the one thing that I prize above all others on this planet. The relationship… Read more »

23 early spring vegetable crops

Many American gardeners cling fast to the idea that the growing season doesn’t begin until Memorial Day weekend. Yet in Europe gardeners use a variety of methods to extend their season and increase their garden’s harvest. Thanks to Elliot Coleman’s book Four Season Harvest, more and more Americans are discovering the possibilities.  Even in Maine you can get a jump… Read more »

How to build a mini hoop-house

I’m a big fan of season extenders like cold-frames and mini hoop-houses for the family garden. Last year I managed to erect a mini greenhouse of sorts, using PVC and plastic, and with that I hardened off my seedlings in anticipation of the growing season.  This year I not only want to use that method to protect tender seedlings, but… Read more »

How to make your own laundry soap

diy laundry soap

If you’ve never made your own laundry soap you don’t know what you’re missing.  The laundry soaps that are available commercially are expensive, and filled with ingredients that I’m not even going to attempt to pronounce. This laundry soap is very economical and simple to make.  It works just as well as anything you’ll buy at the store, with the… Read more »

How to make your own granola cereal

homemade granola

Cereal is getting to be quite expensive at the grocery store, and if you take a look at the list of ingredients you you might find yourself wondering at the necessity of it all. I mean–what is tripotassium phosphate anyway? I looked it up–tripotassium phosphate is an emulsifier or foaming agent used in food processing. Besides that is the fact… Read more »

Making your own breads

There’s nothing quite like homemade bread still warm from the oven.  A fresh slice slathered in butter is a treat that can’t be beat.  Even after three years baking my own bread my family can scarcely wait for the loaves to cool enough before cutting into them. Making your own bread is a rewarding experience.  Not only will you be… Read more »

Moving forward into sustainability regardless of home-ownership

Since we found out that we won’t be able to proceed right away in buying a house of our own, I’ve felt a bit lost. How could I be a homesteader without my own home?  How could I move forward with my plans and dreams? But after much soul searching I’ve come to the conclusion that a homestead is not… Read more »

Homemade cheddar crackers

homemade crackers

One of the ways we try to live sustainably at the Runamuk homestead, is to make what we can by hand.  From the hive-boxes my husband constructs for me, to the home-grown vegetables and homemade bread that we eat.  Not only is it cheaper, but usually the quality is superior, and there is a certain amount of pride that comes… Read more »