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

DIY Honey Hand Salve

Story and photos by Kimberlee Bastien

Use this basic recipe and your favorite ingredients from the beehive to create a personalized hand salve that’s perfectly suited to your skin.


Creating Garden Art from the Cast-offs of Others

By Blythe Pelham

If you want to add interest to an area of your garden, consider repurposing unusual items while creating focused vignettes. Blythe explains the process she used to do just this.


Soap Making Lingo Every New Soap Maker Needs to Know

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

You need to understand the terms before following the recipe.


How to Make Mushroom Paper and Ink

By Tradd Cotter

Bring your writing to life (literally) and reduce your environmental footprint by making mushroom based paper and ink.


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Look What the Cat Dragged In: Homemade Fish Fertilizer Recipe

By Blythe Pelham

It’s in this blogger’s nature to make lemonade. This time it’s more like making fish stew from the dead carcass found in her garden.


DIY Bottle Hydroponics

By Tyler Baras

Convert empty bottles into a low cost, low maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing hydroponic system using this step-by-step guide.


Getting the Job Done: Hiring an Amish Contractor

By Corinne Gompf, Heritage Harvest Farm

Use these tips to help you find tradesmen with a reputation for quality work, fair prices, and trustworthiness.


6 Equipment Rentals That Will Speed up Your Spring Yard Prep

By Kayla Matthews

You don't have to buy expensive equipment to take care of your spring yard prep. There are lots of rental options you might not have considered before.



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