Manure Tea – Best Natural Fertilizer?

If you’re growing your own food you need your plot to be as fertile as possible.  Manure is the small-holders best tool for improving fertility quickly.  If you have a supply of manure then making up some manure tea or manure water is a quick way of ensuring plants have a soluble supply of all the nutrients they require. Make Manure Tea / Manure Water Fill a bucket 1/3 full of manure. Fill up with water and put on a not too tight lid. Leave the manure water for two weeks to ferment and allow nutrients to dissolve. Dissolve the […]

Homemade Insecticide – Soap Spray

If you’re gardening for fun or to provide your home with sustenance there are times when insect pests can really threaten garden plants and crops.  A simple homemade preparation for the garden will save you cash, help the environment and cause you less worry if children and pets share your garden space. One of the most effective fungicides and insecticides you can use in your garden is a simple soap spray. Homemade Insecticide – Soap Spray Recipe Simply mix one part homemade soft soap or bought liquid soap with 100 parts water. Add to a cheap plastic plant spray bottle. […]

Materials For Composting For Free

Not everyone who wants to Compost has sufficient land to generate a good quantity of materials to Compost. Even many of those with enough land don’t have a sufficient mixture of material to make a decent and rich Compost. Hopefully you Compost Kitchen Scraps and anything else you can get your hands on. Here is a quick tip for those who wish they could make more Compost than they do now. Ask! When you drive past a Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Grocers etc, pop in and ask what they do with the waste. Many businesses have to pay to get their […]

Turning The Compost Heap? – Don’t Bother!

It is amazing how much controversy there is over Compost! There are so many different systems it is unbelievable. Anyone who reads about our Self Sufficient Life knows we like to keep things simple around here. There is enough work involved when trying to become more self sufficient without making life more difficult for yourself. I would like to take this opportunity to set a few Composting myths straight. Compost Heap Turning If you have looked around the Web you will find many people advocating the turning of the Compost Heap on a fairly regular basis. They claim that it […]

How To Build A Compost Bin

As you know, I am all for making things for free if I can.  It is not for everyone but I thought I would give everyone the quick and easy way to learn how to build a Compost Bin at home. Searching the Web I am surprised that the Garden Composting Bin Plans that I could find all seemed so complicated to follow.  Well, I will be keeping it as simple as possible.  Compost Bin Plans should be so easy to follow that people will be inclined to build one themselves, not be put off by technicalities. We have built […]

Worm Farm Composting Bins

A lot of people on Twitter have been talking lately about Wormeries.  They are the perfect solution to those with limited space or who maybe just want to get involved in an interesting and different kind of project. They seem great way to get started in the world of composting.  You can get all manner of shapes and sizes of worm composting bins to suit the largest, or smallest, of spaces. Many are suitable for indoor (yes, really) or outdoor use.  Apart from the obvious advantage of making compost they have a number of other great advantages. Worm Composting Bins […]

Make Compost From Your Kitchen

Part of any drive towards living a more self sufficient life involves trying to grow as much produce as possible. To this end we should all be composting as much as we possibly can. Compost works wonders for your soil, and the richer it is the more we can grow. But are you forgetting something? Every day many people who have a compost heap neglect a very important part of the composting bible – the Kitchen. The kitchen produces a vast amount of compostable material every day but it is all too easy to just throw scraps in the bin, […]