Country Traditions

November 18, 2012

How to Build a Modern Outhouse for Your Back Yard that Isnt Smelly

Filed under: outhouse — dmacc502 @ 6:51 am
An outhouse exterior

An outhouse exterior (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The benefits of building an outhouse in your back yard are that you dont have to deal with sewers or septic systems, your water bill from toilet flushing goes considerably down and you eliminate the odors associated with a bathroom from your home. With a few modern and old-school touches, you can even build a non smelly outhouse that eliminates those odors from your environment almost completely.

via How to Build a Modern Outhouse for Your Back Yard that Isnt Smelly.



October 21, 2012

Root Simple: Hay Boxes or Fireless Cookers

Filed under: family, wisdom — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 6:06 am

Root Simple: Hay Boxes or Fireless Cookers.Why would you want to build a fireless cooker?

  • To save time at the stove
  • To have food ready when you get up, or come home from work
  • To save energy, because you’re a do-gooder.
  • To save energy, because energy is expensive/unreliable where you live.
  • To learn this technology well so you’ll know how to use it in case of emergencies. (A fireless cooker combined with something that can boil water, like a camp stove or a rocket stove, would be a great combo for any emergency, long or short.)

via Root Simple: Hay Boxes or Fireless Cookers.

July 12, 2012

Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables

Filed under: building, dehydrating — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 6:39 am

Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables

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via Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables.

Building a Cellar

Root Cellar StyrofoamPlans to Building a Root Cellar

There are many types of root cellars. I’ll teach you how to build a simple cellar that works.

We’ve built some that haven’t worked, but I don’t need to go into that story.

Click here to download plans for building this simple cellar.

If you don’t have the tools, don’t want to gather supplies, dig a hole, and make the box but would like to have a vegetable cellar contact us.

June 18, 2012

Harvesting Onions

Filed under: farming — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 7:20 am

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via Food Gardening Guide :: National Gardening Association.

When to Harvest

You can always tell when onions have stopped growing. The leaves will lose their color, weaken at the top of the bulb and flop over. Each year a few new gardeners watch the leaves die and wonder, “What’s wrong?” There’s nothing wrong; it’s Nature’s plan. The leaves’ job is done – they’ve put the last of their energy into the bulbs.

Let most of your onion tops fall over by themselves – maybe 80% or 90% of them – then bend over the rest of the tops. Once they’re down, leave the bulbs in the ground for another 10 days to two weeks to mature fully. It’s not good to leave the onions in the ground for longer than two weeks after the tops die because they become open to organisms that can cause rot in storage, or they might even start growing again.

May 21, 2012

Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables

Filed under: building, farming — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 10:32 am


Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables.

via Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables.

via Use a Root Cellar to Store Your Root Vegetables.

February 27, 2012

Firewood Buying and Storing Tips | ThriftyFun

Filed under: family, farming, trees — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 4:54 am

Firewood Buying and Storing Tips | ThriftyFun

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via Firewood Buying and Storing Tips | ThriftyFun.

It’s always best to shop for firewood before you need it. Sometimes you can find great deals in the spring and summer, before people are thinking about cool weather and warming their home. Good places to find postings of wood for sale are: Your local newspaper’s classified ads. Grocery store, church or post office bulletin boards. Signs posted around the neighborhood.


November 10, 2011

Keep Saw from Sticking in Sappy Wood | ThriftyFun

Filed under: farming, trees — dmacc502 @ 4:38 am

A little kerosene and used crankcase oil dripped onto its blade will keep a saw from sticking and binding as you cut hedges and other sappy wood.

Source: Grandpa

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

via Keep Saw from Sticking in Sappy Wood | ThriftyFun.

May 8, 2011

Make Your Own Butter: Organic Gardening

Filed under: Churning butter, family, herbs, recipes — Tags: — dmacc502 @ 8:08 am

Homemade, fresh organic butter can be made in minutes—10, to be exact. All that’s needed is organic cream and an electric mixer.

“It is so simple, but so exquisite,” says Monique Jamet Hooker, professional chef and author in DeSoto, Wisconsin. She grew up on a farm in Brittany, France, and as a child took turns with her sisters working the butter churn. But she’s given up the old-fashioned method in favor of the electric mixer.

via Make Your Own Butter: Organic Gardening.

March 25, 2011

How to Grow Radishes : Organic Gardening

Filed under: family, gardening — dmacc502 @ 7:58 am



Colorful and crisp, radishes are a popular addition to salads and vegetable trays. Radishes mature very quickly—some in as little as 3 weeks. They’re a useful marker crop when sown lightly along rows of slow germinators such as carrots and parsnips.

via How to Grow Radishes : Organic Gardening.

March 15, 2011

Flower power: Herbalist Christopher Robbins gathers together an essential flora medicine chest – Gardening, House & Home – The Independent

Filed under: herbs, home remedies — Tags: , , , — dmacc502 @ 7:29 am
Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Image by brewbooks via Flickr

Flower power: Herbalist Christopher Robbins gathers together an essential flora medicine chest – Gardening, House & Home – The Independent.

Dandelion The French name (pis-en-lit) is the best clue to its usefulness in the home-grown medicine chest: the leaves are a strong, safe and very effective diuretic, for anyone suffering from water retention. The bitterness aids digestion and acts also as a liver tonic. In some country areas, the milky sap that oozes out when you pick a leaf is still used to banish warts. The easiest way to use dandelion leaf is raw, in a salad. The common weedy ones are fine to eat, now, while they are young. But if you are in the extraordinary position of having no dandelions pushing up in your flower beds, you can grow the fancy French variety ‘Pissenlit a Coeur plein’ (Suffolk Herbs £1).

Nettle Stinging nettle is packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, and has almost twice as much iron in it as spinach, so it’s not surprising that it makes a brilliant spring tonic. We perhaps are not so keen now on flailing around in nettle beds to ease rheumatism. The sting inflames and warms and that process eases the ache in rheumaticky joints.

The simplest way to prepare nettle is in a soup and now is a great time to make it, before the leaves get dark and tough. The recipe I use is from Cooking Weeds by Vivien Weise. You need 500g potatoes peeled and cubed, 2 chopped onions, some butter, 1 litre good stock, 100g stinging nettle leaves stripped from the stems, 2tsp lemon juice, salt, pepper, 200ml double cream, 50g roasted, flaked almonds, 1 grated carrot. Fry the potatoes and onions until translucent. Add the stock and simmer for 10 mins. Add the nettle leaves and simmer for another 10 mins. Liquidise and add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Reheat and stir in half the cream. Serve with the rest of the cream, the almonds and the carrot ready to garnish the soup.

Chickweed This is a very common annual weed, sprouting now on disturbed ground with pale green leaves. The starry white flowers come later. It’s the best of all plants, says Robbins, for treating itchy or inflamed skin. The simplest way to use it is as a poultice. You can pick a bunch of the stuff, wring it slightly to release the sap, then bind the poultice to whatever part of the skin needs it. If you suffer from mild eczema or dermatitis, try it. It won’t be hard to find, as each plant carries about 15,000 seeds and they germinate in almost every month of the year.


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