Self-Reliance

Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring forehead then drink …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how the prairie dog …

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Adding a Metal Roof
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

I built my house in the 90’s, and my roof is showing its age. I am finding a lot of asphalt particles in the gutter. And when I look at …

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From Famine to Feast

By Annie Flanzraich, Nevada The sun beats down on Laura Leonard’s toned, tanned arms as she rips a three-foot tall weed from the ground. She tosses the gnarly invader to the …

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Wood Heat: A Guide to Heating Your Home

By Alexis Griffee, Florida As energy prices continue to soar, people are turning back to natural heating methods and away from gas and central heat. Woodstoves and fireplaces are making a …

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How to Deskunk Your Dog

We want to encourage their curiosity, but when our friendly canines stick their nose somewhere they shouldn’t, sometimes they come back smelling like a skunk. And if your dog is like …

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Natural Ways for Dealing with Cold Temperatures

By Christopher Nyerges, California Let’s start from the beginning. Let’s start with you and what you do and what you wear when it gets cold outside. Then we’ll get to the …

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Photos By Shelley Dedauw Growing up, I got in big trouble for turning on the heat. And we walked to school uphill both ways and then came home to milk …

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Gumweed…Weed? Or Jet Fuel?

Glenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, to convert roadside gumweed into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and colleges are training …

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Identify and Store Nuts for the Winter
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Scarlet leaves are among us as the nights become cooler. If you are starting to feel a little squirrelly, you are not alone. It is the chilly fall that encourages those …

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Measuring Your Pond Volume in Gallons

Ponds. They seem so harmless. Until, one day, when you wake up and algae is blooming all over and you find a dead fish in strange weeds that shot to the …

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Solar Gadgets on the Homestead

By Alexis Griffee Often times, solar power is viewed as a desired, yet unaffordable option to the farmer and homesteader. While a full solar system may not be in the budget …

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How to Build a Bar

Story & Photos by Romie Holl, Wisconsin I want to thank my co-worker Steve Zwolinski for letting me tell his story of how he built this bar. There was always an …

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Life in a Domespace

By Linda Fletcher A movement is taking place all over the world in natural, alternative, sustainable building techniques and architecture. There is an incredible array of building techniques using various …

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