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8 Natural Bee Sting Treatment Options

To get fast relief, here are eight natural bee or insect sting treatment options you can use at home. You likely have what you need in the kitchen cupboard!

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Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
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Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
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Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
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Go Solar and Save Big
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Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
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3 CAR GARAGE/WORKSHOP E-PLAN

  • Width: 24'-0" Depth: 36'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Alternative Foundations - Slab
  • Building height 14'-6"
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 10'
  • Three 9' x 8' overhead doors
  • Oversized for storage
  • Ideal size for workshop or maintenance building
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

This 3-car garage e-plan includes a complete list of required materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 24 feet by 36 feet.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 568KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

TWO-STORY APARTMENT HAS BOTH RV AND 2-CAR GARAGE E-PLAN

  • 713 Total Square Feet
  • 1st Floor 362
  • 2nd Floor 351
  • Width: 38'-8" Depth: 42'-4"
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Full Baths, 1 Half Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Slab
  • Building height - 25'
  • Roof pitches - 6.5/12, 3.5/12
  • Ceiling heights -
  • First floor - 9'
  • Second floor - 8'
  • 18' x 8', 12' x 12' overhead doors
  • The living room opens to the kitchen and they bayed dining area
  • Complete list of materials

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information:12.3MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$310.00

STOREY'S GUIDE TO KEEPING HONEY BEES

Here is all the information you need to successfully keep your own honey bees. Learn how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, prevent new diseases, harvest honey crops and more. You’ll also find useful information on colony life, colony-collapse disorder, honey bee anatomy and behavior, and apiary equipment and tools. This comprehensive reference will serve both experienced beekeepers with specific problems and beginners who are just getting started.

$19.95

PRESERVING EVERYTHING

How many ways can you preserve a strawberry? You can freeze it, dry it, pickle it or can it. Milk gets cultured or fermented, and is preserved as cheese or yogurt. Fish can be smoked, salted, dehydrated and preserved in oil. Pork becomes jerky. Cucumbers become pickles. There is no end to the magic of food preservation, and in Preserving Everything, Leda Meredith leads readers (both newbies and old hands) in every sort of preservation technique imaginable.

$19.95

THE WEEKEND HOMESTEADER

The Weekend Homesteader guides readers to self-sufficiency, month by month. Whether it's January or June you'll find exciting, short projects that help you dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, no matter if you live on a 40-acre farm, own a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or call a high-rise home.

You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food. Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all 40-eight projects are complete.

$17.95