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John Seymour - The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency
An invaluable manual, packed with llustrations, and every illustration tells its own story, shows you what you need and how to do it.
John Seymour has lived the life for twenty years, and here he gathers all the expertise he has acquired into one authoritative volume.
The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency covers the whole range of the self-sufficient spectrum.
John Seymour - The Complete Book of Self
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  • How to Build a Vertical Garden - No matter how small a property you live on, you can develop your green thumb by building a vertical garden. With the demand for gardens in densely populated cities, garden centers and manufacturers have created kits that enable you to grow upward, if you can't grow outward.

How to Build a Straw Bale Garden?

Straw bale gardening is a concept of using bales as natural boxes for growing plants.

They are an ideal solution for people without hard soil (or no soil at all) who prefer avoiding plastic waste.

You can use bales like ‘raised beds’ in your yard so that you don’t need some additional soil.


  • BLACKSMITHING FORGING WELDING METALLURGY - This DVD will teach you everything you need to know about blacksmithing, metallurgy, forgecraft and how to harden and temper steel and create any object you wish
  • Canning, Preserving, Dehydrating Food - This DVD will teach you everything you need to know about canning, pickling, dehydrating, preserving and storing vegetables, fruit, meat and more.  This is the only collection you will ever need to have your food preservation needs covered.
  • Finally > the SOLAR food Dehydrator DIY:
    Drying is an excellent way to preserve produce, but exposing fruits and vegetables to direct light can cause vitamin loss. This design relies on indirect solar power, meaning the drying food is not exposed to the sun but instead to solar-heated air.
  • Cold Process Soap - this tutorial will provide a basic overview on how to make your own all natural cold process soaps
  • the Liberator - What is a compressed earth brick press and why is it important? We redesigned the brick machine thoroughly for digital fabrication – via CNC cutting. "To my mind, the GVCS Liberator is the single most important technology for global housing anywhere. No machine produces the uniformity and strength of block for the cost as this machine."
  • From Bare Dirt To Abundance - A Year In The Life Of The Love For Life Food Forest. We Are Living In Paradise. This Is The ONLY Way To Create Community/Family. What A Contrast To "The System" Where We Are Taught To Live For Our-Selves.
  • Blanching - one of 5 ways to keep your vegetables fresh:
    In a large pot, boil a gallon of water per pound of produce and dunk your vegetables into it for 3 to 7 minutes depending on the type (Find an easy reference chart here).
    Start the blanching timer when the water returns to a boil. After the allotted time has elapsed, plunge them into ice water immediately to stop the cooking process.
    Blanching is important in vegetables because it neutralizes enzymes that cause vegetables to ripen.
  • TIRE PLANTER - THERE ARE ONLY THREE things you MUST to know, to make a planter out of a used tire
  • Homesteading and Survivalism Store - We take pride in our reputation as the center for "How To" products on self-reliance, sustainable living, and other related fields
  • How to Freeze Eggs - Here are some guidelines to help you make the most out of your grocery budget by freezing these and other unexpected foods.
  • herbsandoils world - This homemade laundry stain stick is crazy amazing at cleaning all sorts of stains.
  • herbsandoils world - here is an all-natural pesticide spray recipe that contains just a few simple ingredients including neem oil – which is an effective insecticide, fungicide and miticide.
  • Mitti Cool - A fridge for the common man that does not require electricity and keeps food fresh too. With this basic parameter in mind Mansukhbhai came up with Mitticool, a fridge made of clay. It works on the principle of evaporation
  • save heirloom tomato seeds - Saving your own tomato seeds is rather fun and has all sorts of benefits. Preserving heirloom seeds, ensuring a supply of your own favourites for next year, helping protect seed diversity, making a giant mess of stinky fermenting goo, it’s all there! It’s also pretty easy.
  • engeye - rammed earth construction, what’s beautiful about rammed earth is once the wall is set to cure, then revealed, it doesn’t need  a finish or additional maintenance like coating; it simply exists in a pure state.
  • Cob Oven Workshop - you will learn how to build your own inexpensive outdoor oven for baking delicious pizza and breads — all with natural and reclaimed materials
  • hand print press - build an adobe oven." It encourages and inspires your native creativity and also provides a clear, simple process for making authentic whole-wheat sourdough bread in the artisan tradition. Many readers have gone on to build their own bread-businesses or homes!
  • the vertical farm - Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
  • Israel21c - From drip irrigation to natural pesticides, Israeli innovations are helping to fill hungry bellies everywhere, but particularly in the developing world. Here are 12 major ways Israel helps feed the world.
  • make a vertical strawberry tube planter - After I built this, I found a version for sale at a major garden retailer so you can just go and buy one if you can’t be bothered making it but they’re pretty easy to make.
  • Marcin Jakubowski - believes that only by opening the means of production can we achieve abundance for all. Though he has a Ph.D. in fusion physics, he became dissatisfied with its remoteness, and turned back to the earth as a farmer and social innovator. He is the founder of Open Source Ecology, which is creating the Global Village Construction Set — the blueprints for simple fabrication of everything needed to start a self-sustaining village. At Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, he's been successfully putting those ideas to the test.
  • Japanese Square Lashing - The Japanese Square Lashing is a vast improvement over the traditional square lashing Scouts normally use that involves tying clove hitches.
  • Making Sauerkraut - This is Sandorkaut’s easy sauerkraut recipe from his book Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
  • Plant Power! - What if we could filter water and produce electricity at the same time?
  • urbanzealplanters - Our Vertical Garden Kits are being used to create gorgeous living walls indoors and out.
  • The book of Threes -  The ancient Native American technique of growing Corn, Beans, and Squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting and helps increase harvests, naturally!