DIY

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Septic System Rescue: DIY Fix for Hopeless Cases

By Steve Maxwell

How I fixed my own hopelessly clogged septic system and how it’s been working perfectly since 2014.


A Multi-Pronged Approach for Fending Off Fleamageddon

By Blythe Pelham

With 12 indoor cats, once fleas get a foothold it can lead to serious trouble. After decades of living without fleas, Blythe and her husband have had to battle these tiny voracious beasts twice in the past few years. Read this blog to see how their multi-pronged approach helped win the war.


Step-by-Step Garden Hose Repairs

By Pam Dawling

Broken and leaking garden hoses can be a source of frustration unless you know a few tricks to make repairing them quicker and easier. Use heavy-duty hose repair fittings for more long-lasting hoses: more time gardening, less time fixing broken garden tools.


Upcycled Solar Food Dehydrator from a Used Vehicle

By Holly Chiantaretto, Hallow Springs Farm

Food dehydration is one of the best methods to preserve the nutritional value of your garden harvest. But food dehydrators are expensive and energy costly. This article explores a low-cost option to dry large amounts of garden goods using a used vehicle parked in a sunny location.


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Country Lore: August/September 2017

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Readers’ tips about storing onions, making a free solar food dehydrator, creating upcycled herb planters, rain water storage, and more.


Building a Front Yard Pond

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

We built a small pond with friends to add the beauty of water and habitat diversity to our front yard.


Upcycling Old Fence Boards

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Old fencing is a great urban resource for tons of homesteading projects .


Make Paper From Plants

By Kristi Quillen

Connect with an age-old process and the life cycle of plants to make fragrant, textured paper. See the photos on this page for step-by-step guidance in the papermaking process.