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Harvesting Rainwater: How to Make a Rain Barrel - Do It Yourself

<i>The following is an excerpt from</i> DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner <i>by Betsy Matheson (Creative Publishing International, 2011). This</i> …

Off-grid

10 Creative Ideas to Make an Outdoor Oasis for Kids this Summer

With warm weather finally here, the wheels in my mind have been turning thinking of fun ways to get my little ones outdoors as much as possible this …

Landscaping

How to Reupholster a Chair: Beginner/Intermediate DIY

It’s the time-old conundrum, when you spy an old chair that you love but that needs some TLC: Do you pass it up because it needs some work, or do you …

This Redesigned Cap Turns Any Water Bottle Into A Vegetable Garden

The Petomato allows you to actually grow tomatoes inside any plastic water bottle. “When the fruit ripens, it’s kind of shocking.”<p>As a gardening-obsessed college student in Japan, Takuya Hasegawa wanted to figure out how to help more people start growing their own food–even if, like many people …

Time To Sort Out The Mess – 20 Tips For A Well-Organized Garage

Whether it’s intentional or not, a lot of things end up cluttering the garage over time so having a few tricks up your sleeve and learning a few tips …

Digging into Community Gardens

Photo courtesy of The Edible Garden Project<p>It’s official—spring has sprung and summer is knocking on the door. The birds are chirping, the breeze is …

DIY Woven Rope Basket

I'm not sure why I got so set on making a rope basket. I've never made one before.<p>I blame Pinterest and its plethora of cool Autumn-friendly crafts …

Hardscaping 101: Tree Stumps

It happens. Your long favored or ignored tree has to be removed. Disease, blocked views, size hazard, root damage, or just old age. The question …

Gardening

How to Make a Kite

With a few basic, inexpensive materials and tools, you can engage your kids in some kite-making fun this summer.<p>Photo: freefoto.com<p>There’s nothing …

Make a Solar Water Heater for Under $5

Instructables user, TheNaib, has written a tutorial on how to create a solar thermal water heater for under five dollars. It will involve a fair …

Water Heater