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Dating from the Golden Age of American Farming, this volume is both a tribute to days gone by and a resource for present day homeowners, farmers, and ranchers striving toward greater self-sufficiency. Here you will find hundreds of clever ways to transform those odds and ends that might seem like junk into very useful gadgets and tools, from a treadmill that can power a dairy separator and churn, to a drinking fountain for chickens. Other devices include a rig for moving large trees; a self-feeder for bees; a hand garden cultivator; and gates that lift over snowdrifts. It's full of useful illustrations and includes a whole section of tried-and-true tips.
In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don't have to come off the public utility grid--alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, "Living Off the Grid" can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.
First published in 1887, "Fences, Gates, and Bridges" is an instructional guide to the best ways to build a variety of fences, gates, hedges, bridges, and culverts. The section on fences boasts a wealth of information on building various types of fences, including rail, composite, garden, board, and picket. It also explores how to construct an effective barbed wire fence, how to use a stone wall to reinforce a wooden fence, and highlights the pros of building portable fences. "Fences, Gates, and Bridges" is a classic manual for anyone who wants to build their own structures for their farm, large property, or quaint backyard.
Nineteenth-century building advice that is eminently practical in the twenty-first century. 330 b/w illustrations
When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living,
that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in
which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and
overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how
to grow and savor what we can produce ourselves--while still
maintaining an alternative career to fund this passion. Michael and
Audrey Levatino here share how to:
With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we
would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the
midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money
as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise
guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your
bank account It doesn't matter where your homestead is
located--farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, "The
Homesteading Handbook" can help you:
Originally published in the early 1900s, this classic, comprehensive handbook was referred to by young engineers as they prepared for their licensing examinations. In addition to several hundred questions and answers that were given as part of many exams, "Farm Engines and How to Run Them" fully describes every part of a farm engine and boiler, giving complete directions for the safe and economical management of both. Included are chapters on farm engine economy--with special attention to traction and gasoline farm engines--and a chapter on the science of successful threshing. The book abounds with precision artwork and cutaway illustrations showing the different parts of a boiler and engine, and nearly every make of traction engine--including those made by Case, Nichols and Shepard, and Buffalo Pitts. "Farm Engines and How to Run Them" will appeal to everyone from farm and vehicle enthusiasts to students of industrial technology and agricultural history.
It might seem impossible to fit all information on the subject of farming and farm management in one book, but this comprehensive volume includes everything a novice or expert farmer will ever need to know. Originally published in 1916, "Traditional American Farming Techniques" is filled with facts and tips written by specialists on a plethora of subjects.
Everything that goes into starting and maintaining a successful farm, big or small, is included, along with invaluable information on harvesting and marketing crops like wheat, corn, potatoes, beans, alfalfa, flax, meadow and pasture grasses, sugar crops, cotton, tobacco, nuts, and tropical fruits. You'll find tips on livestock farming; breeding and care of horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, and poultry; and information on:
- The science and maintenance of soil
- The best natural and commercial fertilizers
- Correctly using various types of manure
- Watering and drainage techniques
- Dairy farming, vegetable and fruit gardening, and forestry
- Purposes and methods of crop rotation
- Pest and insect control
- And so much more
"Traditional American Farming Techniques" clearly and thoroughly explains how to manage a prospering farm, how to use equipment and build farm buildings, and includes handy tables of weights, measures, and agricultural statistics. This is the ultimate reference for any farmer.
"Where did all this stuff come from? I don't have time for a life.
I need to get away " Ever feel this way? Society is quick to fill
our minds and homes with all the latest gadgets, tools,
obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all
doesn't fit? "The Simple Living Handbook" is a how-to memoir about
creating a life that has space for what really matters to you.
Most people use nail polish remover to remove nail polish. They use
coffee grounds to make coffee and hair dryers to dry their hair.
The majority of people may also think that the use of eggs, lemons,
mustard, butter, and mayonnaise should be restricted to making
delicious food in the kitchen. The Instructables.com community
would disagree with this logic--they have discovered hundreds of
inventive and surprising ways to use these and other common
household materials to improve day-to-day life.
This classic guide presents practical information on virtually
every aspect of farm equipment, machinery, and organization.
Originally published in 1917, "Handy Farm Equipment and How to Use
It" surveys every topic of importance to the challenge of equipping
a successful and fully functional farm, including lighting the farm
home, establishing sources of water, and arranging for sewage
disposal for the farmhouse. Additional sections provide detailed
discussions of such indispensable examples of farm equipment as
tillage tools, seeding machinery, manure spreaders, grain binders,
and corn harvesters.
In today's busy world it's easy to understand the desire for
shortcuts. With our time eaten up by work, family, and errands, we
almost unconsciously look for quick fixes that aren't always the
healthiest for our home or family. With "The New Art of Living
Green," authors Erica Palmcrantz Aziz and Susanne Hovenas dare us
to stop and think for a moment about the type of chemicals we use
in our home, where we buy our produce, and the amount of waste we
create. With this book you'll discover simple tips and guidelines
that will help you to make greener choices to the benefit of your
growing family's health and a grateful Mother Earth.
For the past few years, Grant Thompson has spent his weekends
starting fires, building cannons, and experimenting with dry ice
and liquid nitrogen. He's made pumpkins explode, defied gravity,
and discovered countless ways to make everyday life easier using
ordinary items such as butter, suntan lotion, cupcake wrappers, and
aluminum foil. His discoveries and experiments, many posted online
to sites such as YouTube, have earned him the title of the King of
Long before the discovery of modern medicines, families used remedies based on plants to treat everyday illness. Now there's a tremendous revival of interest in these home remedies. Not only are they often gentler than manufactured drugs, but many of them are now known to be effective too. This handy little book is packed with advice and recipes,including sections on: * Aches and pains - compresses, teas and rubs that will soothe joint pains and headaches * Coughs, colds and fevers - tried and tested ways in which families have relieved the symptoms of both colds and flu - without antibiotics * Stress - gentle remedies that will help promote relaxation * Insomnia - practical advice and remedies for the sleep deprived * Circulation - safe ways to stimulate blood flow and relieve conditions such as varicose veins, cramp and chilblains * Just for women - folk remedies designed to sort out the ups and downs in the menstrual cycle, help with nursing and childbirth and smooth the passage of the menopause * Alternative first aid - a short list of natural ingredients to add to a first-aid kit. In addition, Linda Gray reveals the secrets to achieving bright eyes, clear acne-free skin, healthy digestion, and a good night's sleep. A handy pocket reference book you will turn to again and again, Traditional Remedies is full of tips and advice on how to look and feel great - naturally.
In this book you'll find clever, cost-effective, environmentally friendly recipes for keeping every inch of your home spotless using everyday ingredients such as lemons, vinegar and bicarb soda to beat the commercial products at their game! With tips on cleaning up stubborn food, drink and grease stains, and advice on how to keep everything from your kitchen sink to your bathroom tiles looking as clean as the day they were installed, this is the must-have guide to home cleaning and taking control of your cleaning budget and environmental impact.
Is this the right book for me? Save Energy and Cut Your Bills offers you straightforward and achievable strategies for reducing your energy bills and living a more environmentally aware life. With lots of useful tools to assess your energy and carbon use, it gives practical advice on everything from heating your home to managing teenage consumers. The book comes with: - Energy-saving actions categorized into 'no cost', 'low cost' and 'investment' actions - Detailed installation costs and savings help you to make more effective decisions - Topical issues, such as HIPs and smart metering - Guidance on the most effective ways of generating your own power - Suggestions for green driving and being more sustainable in the garden - Resource sections for further investigation and assistance Save Energy and Cut Your Bills include: Chapter 1: Background to energy use Chapter 2: How much energy are you using now? Chapter 3: Developing a strategy for action Chapter 4: Saving energy in the house Chapter 5: Generating your own energy Chapter 6: Saving energy in the garden Chapter 7: Saving energy on the road Chapter 8: Future trends Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of how to save energy. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
This fascinating book, reprinted from the 1930s, takes the reader back to a time when Americans had free access to hard drugs; people were responsible enough to be given recipes for poisons, explosives, and addictive substances; and making such items as soap, disinfectants, and insecticides was commonplace.
This, the second volume of Retail Spaces: Small Stores, builds upon the overwhelming success of the first and features 56 of the newest and most innovative small stores. This exciting segment of the industry continues to drive retailing forward with store designs that prove the old adage "good things come in small packages" With careful design and exciting visual presentation, this book showcases for you some of the best examples of small stores that are generating big sales and profits that rival their much larger competitors and far exceed what the square footage might suggest. Retail Spaces: Small Stores, No. 2 takes you around the world, from the retail centers of North America and Europe, to India, China, Australia and South America. This volume also features a diverse range of retailers. In addition to fashion boutiques and shoe stores, you'll visit wine shops, jewelry and electronics stores, sellers of household goods and cosmetics, several pharmacies and a cookie shop. What you'll notice as you visit these gems of the retail world is that what makes these stores so successful is they all have their own individual look as well as they all incorporate the principles of successful retail design With more than 400 color photos and concise editorial that examines the designer challenges and solutions Retail Spaces: Small Stores, No. 2 is chock-full of ideas and inspiration.
Do you know where to source the loveliest products for your home? How to stop moths destroying precious knitwear? Treat a calamitious stain quickly? Avoid culinary disasters in the middle of a dinner party? House Rules is an informative, fun style guide containing advice on every aspect of modern living, from cleaning and storage to cooking and entertaining. Packed with insider tips from the professionals, it is an indispensable addition to any bookshelf.
The Miracle of Garlic is a compact yet comprehensive and authoritative guide to garlic, with helpful information on every possible way to use this wonderful product of nature - not only in cooking but also for health and well-being. The book opens with the history of garlic, its importance in the Mediterranean diet and its popularity around the world. The author discusses whether garlic is a miracle medicine, a valuable natural remedy, or just a useful part of a healthy diet. The first part outlines the varieties of garlic and how to grow it. A digest of the contents of garlic and how they affect health is followed by guidance on how to choose, use and store garlic. The second part offers well-tested recipes for well-loved garlic-containing dishes from around the world. The final part offers help on how to use garlic safely to aid health. The A-Z of ailments that can respond to garlic includes the possible causes of each ailment, how garlic can help, and how best to use garlic.
Lemons have been hailed as a super-food, an effective natural
remedy and an invaluable multi-purpose household cleanser and
freshener. Dr Penny Stanway's well-researched and authoritative
little book debunks the myths and reveals which health claims are
backed by evidence-based research and which are not, whether lemons
deserve their cult status as a panacea and just how much they can
improve your diet and well-being. As well as expounding the
health-giving and practical properties of lemons, the author
provides an A-Z section of ailments that can respond to lemons -
each entry outlines possible causes of the ailment, discusses how
lemons can help, and suggests how to use them as a remedy. She
gives lemon-containing recipes that will help care for, beautify
and scent your skin and hair and room-by-room ideas for using
lemons to keep your home fresh and clean, fragrant and sparkling.
There are inspiring and delicious recipes for using lemons in food
- they add a touch of magic both to the simplest snack and to sweet
or savoury dishes to linger over.
Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green.
When you think of every item a kitchen stores, from utensils and glassware to cooking pots and slow cookers, the numbers easily climb to the hundreds. It can be a difficult task finding a rightful place for everything, while also maintaining an attractive, comfortable, and functional kitchen. Find over a thousand ideas for organizing and storing everything but the kitchen sink in this amazing book. 1001 Ideas for Kitchen Organization is a comprehensive resource for professional organizers, homeowners, and designers looking for ways to organize and get more storage and functional space in the kitchen. Maintain access to frequently used items without cluttering the countertop, make better use of cabinet space, discover easy and efficient ways to recycle, and enjoy a better kitchen using the professional advice in this essential reference guide. With over 1,000 gorgeous color photographs and illustrations, this book provides helpful tips and everything you need to know about kitchen organization.
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