How to Make Natural Luffa Soap Bars

The Luffa Soap Sponge Bar Also called: Loofah and loofa, the amazing luffa gourd can be made into bath and kitchen scrubbies! It makes sense, after...

Best Drip Irrigation Kit and Automatic Watering System

A Soggy Saga Last year, we flipped from overhead sprinklers and a lot of hand watering over to using soaker hoses. We bought two kits online....

Cucumber and Lemon Water

Cucumber Water Benefits and Recipes Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus Cucumber in Spanish: Pepino I remember the first time I had cucumber and lemon water. We checked into...

Indoor Emergency Water Storage Containers

Water jugs, water tanks, water bobs... Water storage containers are essential for emergency preparedness. You do NOT want to ever run out of water. When you're...

How to Make Calendula Oil

By Jane Seeley, contributing writer Common name: Calendula Scientific name: Calendula officinalis Family: Compositae It was over twenty years ago when I first heard about the herb calendula. A friend of...

Growing Loofah Plant from Seed

Luffa or Loofah? Luffa, lufa, loofa or loofah? You choose. It's spelled all kinds of ways but it's most commonly 'loofah' in the US and...

Olla Clay Water Jug – Garden Irrigation System

Olla Irrigation What is an olla pot? Generally pronounced as OI-yah, or OY-ya, but also as AW-yah, and olla in English as OH-lah, Olla pots have been...

Home Freeze Dryer – Preserving Food for Long Term Storage

Lyophilization That's what it's called when you freeze dry something. When it comes to food, it's the ultimate food preservation and storage option. The ultimate food preservation...

Longevity Spinach—Gynura Procumbens—Perennial Protein Vegetable

You'll want to grow this one. Related to but not the same as "Okinawan spinach", Longevity spinach (scientific name "Gynura procumbens") is a  low-growing, semi-succulent leaf vegetable very...

Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas that Save Space

Over the years, we've experimented with a number of vertical vegetable garden ideas. While we live on 4.5 acres, most of that isn't farmable,...