Category Archives: Home Production & Storage

Articles, commentary, and information on building up sufficient and ongoing supplies against long-term need.

Hiding your compost pile

Glory Lennon continues her series on composting on Self Reliance Exchange with a discussion on how to make your compost pile as attractive as possible–or perhaps no more detracting than necessary. Ours are quite aesthetic right now, as I’ve mentioned … Continue reading

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Food storage for two in a year

Joan Crain over at Self Reliance Exchange has a post on how to build up food storage by buying about $10 of supplies per week. She gives you a week-by-week breakdown. I may disagree on a few items, but on … Continue reading

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Composting: Pile Placement

More composting information from Glory Lennon on Self Reliance Exchange. This article talks about location of your pile. We, too, have found that having the pile in shade doesn’t matter much, but it does do better in sun. At our … Continue reading

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Long term storage: Non-food items

Could this be the end?! Joan Crain’s Self Reliance Exchange series on long term storage seems to wrap up with a discussion of what non-food items to store. I’m a big fan of this one. Whenever the prices are low … Continue reading

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Food storage and perishables

Self Reliance Exchange tackles the difficult task of storing perishables with some useful ideas and approaches.

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Composting: Common misconceptions

As promised, Self Reliance Exchange has begun their series on composting. This first post deals with composting misconceptions. I have had mice in our compost pile before, but then we were putting egg shells in it, so perhaps that’s what … Continue reading

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Drip watering systems – another take

Adventures in Self Reliance has an in-depth post about installing a drip watering system. I’ve often considered this, but have never gotten to it. It seems like it would make so much more sense than even our hand-watering.  

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More long term storage: comfort foods

Self Reliance Exchange continues their series on long term food storage with the latest installment: Comfort foods! It may seem trivial, but quite frankly when you’re in the middle of a long-term emergency where you have to rely on food … Continue reading

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Min/max stocking levels

Self Reliance Exchange recently posted an article about how to determine the minimum and maximum levels to store of any particular item in your food supply. It’s a good article–a simple principle, but one that is easily overlooked. Let’s face … Continue reading

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Self Reliance Exchange to tackle composting!

Yay! I could use help with composting! I struggle with composting. We don’t have a place in our yard for a really good compost pile, so I built some mini-composters that work only tolerably well. I suspect our problem is … Continue reading

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