Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“How to Make Comfrey Salve”

Editor’s Note: Today our contributing writer Angelia is back with a wonderful potion made from Mother Nature! In a day’s time, I tend to have many bumps, scrapes, and bruises in my adventurous little family.  Add to that that we are practically living on the surface of the sun, in the hot Southwest desert, my humans are continually dealing with dry, cracked skin.  I have tried countless over the counter ointments […]

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“How to Attract Butterflies, Honeybees, and Hummingbirds to Your Windowsill”

A beautiful window box will not only transform your view, it can transform an entire street. If you have ever stopped to admire a lush window box bursting with vibrant color you know what I mean. From the inside, a room with a view like that can change your outlook. And it is made even better when all of the butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds pay a visit, too. So today […]

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“Common Outdoor Planting Hurdles and How to Overcome Them”

My great-aunt Ann Gray always knew the name of every single plant on our land growing up. She also had the world’s greenest thumb. She always knew how to solve any problems in the garden and was always at war with the deer who would eat her beloved hostas. Today I thought I’d share some of the knowledge she imparted onto me, with you all, and teach you about some Common […]

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“Steps to Growing Seedlings”

I just took a bite of my first radish that I started from seed and it was so satisfying! So I thought I’d share the steps to growing seedlings with you so you can experience the same satisfaction this season. It’s so easy to practice manual literacy my friends, and you won’t regret it. To unlock a seed from its dormancy, it needs four things: water, light, oxygen, and the […]

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“How To Turn Your Raised Bed into a Greenhouse”

Now that you’ve learned how to build your own raised beds, here’s how to turn your raised bed into a greenhouse! Creating a semi-permanent greenhouse can increase your garden yield and stretch your growing season a few more precious weeks. The best part of these is, once summer heats up and your plants are well established, you can remove the plastic sheeting. When the weather turns colder, simply roll it […]

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“Fabulous and Unlikely Growing Containers”

Yesterday you read my post on the Advantages of Container Gardening. So today I thought I’d share some inspiration for how to make your container garden fun and whimsical in the form of fabulous and unlikely growing containers! After all, it is hard to make a horde of plastic containers look stylish, so here are some other ideas to try. Fabulous and Unlikely Growing Containers: A Bag of Planting Mix […]

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“Advantages of Container Gardening”

As you know, I recently completed an apartment renovation and am finally getting to the outside space. I did a complete outdoor makeover which I’m excited to share with you in a future post. I focused entirely on container gardening which has yielded amazing and beautiful results. From sunflowers to tomatoes and radishes, peppers, strawberries and kale. Not to mention cascading rosemary and creeping thyme. It’s amazing what you can […]

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“How to Preserve Your Own Herbs”

I wrote to you recently about the best herbs to grow in your garden this Spring. After all that work, do you know How to Preserve Your Own Herbs? Well today I’m going to break it down for ya. There are several ways to preserve your herbs for the cold months when there is less flavor variety available in your garden. The preserved herbs will be in their best state […]

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“How to Upgrade Your Flower Arrangements”

Some friends recently hosted a party for me and they really knocked my socks off. One gal said: “I wanted to make the flower arrangements wild like you.” She went to the wholesale flower market and picked her favorite flowers and then did the most amazing thing: she upcycled some basic glass vases and wrapped them in some craft paper along with some twine. It created such a perfect vibe. […]

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“How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit”

As you know, I’m pretty keen on knowing a few basic survival skills, from How to Find Your Way Without a Compass to How to Start a Fire Without Matches. Today I’m going to show How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit, and guess what I put it in….? An upcycled Altoids tin! A travel-sized kit that fits in a pocket, purse or glove compartment, is truly useful. A recycled Altoids […]

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