Harvest, Health, Herb

Dandelions are a Spring Tonic

Dandelions supplied the early homesteaders with vital vitamins and nutrients. It was thought of as a spring tonic.

Record Breakers, Self Sufficiency, Trees

Before 1882 Almost All Paper Was Made of Hemp

Long before pulp and paper mills, 75–90% of all paper in the world was made with hemp fibre. If you are lucky enough to own papers or books that predate 1883, the paper is most likely made of hemp. Mark Twain’s novels, the US Constitution, The US Declaration of Independence and the UK’s Magna Carta… Continue reading Before 1882 Almost All Paper Was Made of Hemp

Garden Formulas, Self Sufficiency

How Much Rain Can One Roof “Catch”?

Rainwater is fantastic for plants and a great way to cut down on your use of municipal sourced H20. Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much rain you can catch off one small roof. One inch of rain falling on a 1000 square foot roof will produce enough runoff to fill… Continue reading How Much Rain Can One Roof “Catch”?

Did You Know, Fruit, Vegetable

Why Tomatoes Only Killed The Rich

Before tomatoes became the most popular vegetable (though technically a fruit) in the world, they had to overcome a deadly reputation. Tomatoes are thought to have originated in the Americas back in 700 AD. By the 16th century they had found their way to Europe where they were met with mixed reviews. The red fruit… Continue reading Why Tomatoes Only Killed The Rich