Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“How To Pick The Right Front Door Color For Your House”

Georgia has been abuzz freshening up her home for the spring season. In addition to posting about how to get your yard ready for Spring, she has been planting up a storm, and painting her front door. The one thing that she finds really gives your home a fresh look is your front door. When it comes to curb-appeal it really makes all the difference. If you really want to get the […]

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“Eating With The Seasons + A Seasonal Produce Chart”

Seasonal produce, sounds awesome right? But the truth is few are eating this way these days. We’ve become so accustomed to getting whatever we wish at the drop of hat. Is this really what’s best for not only our bodies, our local communities, and even our wallets? Nope! Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious, not to mention way better on your diet, the environment, and wallet. We are on […]

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“The Art of Watering Plants”

It’s amazing how hard it can seem sometimes to keep your plants happy. It depends so much on watering, from when you water, how much, how often, and even what soil type you have! So I thought I’d put together this little primer for you on the art of watering plants to keep you ahead of the game this gardening season. Let me know if you have any tips in […]

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“The Best Edible Flowers to Grow In Your Garden”

A handful of edible flowers sprinkled over a summer salad is a sensory experience. Tossed into a cocktail, it elevates a summer evening. On a creamy panna cotta, it is pure magic. So don’t neglect to plant flowers in your garden this year—just make sure they are edible ones! Here are some beauties to consider, which in my opinion are the best edible flowers to grow in your garden this […]

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“How To Create A Vertical Garden”

If you live in an urban area or a dwelling without any land, you have more space than you might think. Is your rooftop flat and easily accessible? Does the fence along your building have a little bit of dirt to plant some pole beans? Does your fire escape have space for a planter box or a few round containers? How about your windowsill or driveway? There are plenty of options […]

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“The Best Herbs to Grow In Your Garden This Spring”

Fresh herbs absolutely transform any dish. Even a humdrum frozen meal can be made into something worthwhile with a scattering of fresh herbs on top. And there is something about picking your morning brew for tea fresh from the windowsill that sets a good tempo for the day. They will also add vibrancy to very plain, repetitive foods, and are thus useful to dry and store to have on hand, […]

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“How to Build a Raised Bed”

A raised bed is simply a mound of well-prepared soil, ready for planting, that is raised above the ground. Raised beds are especially useful when the garden soil is not ideal. You can even add a raised bed where there was no soil to begin with, on a patio or driveway where the beds can be contained with wooden boards or rocks. Planting vegetables and fruits this way can be […]

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“How To Mix Your Own Soil”

We’ve been talking a lot about gardening here lately, and for good reason — hello Spring! From garden designs to getting your yard ready and breaking down exactly what you should grow, none of these is really possible without the proper nutrient dense SOIL. When it comes to soil it is definitely not a one size fits all case, and when it comes to living a self-sufficient lifestyle you need good soil […]

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“How to Create an Essential Home Toolbox”

No matter how handy you are, everyone needs a few tools for a little self-sufficiency around the apartment or house. As the weather continues to warm up, we always get inspired to do more around the house and garden. Right now, Georgia is sanding doors for a new coat of exterior paint and building window boxes for some miniature boxwoods that will serve as a privacy screen. We’ll show you […]

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“How To Purify Your Water”

You never know where life’s adventures will take you, whether you’re lost in the woods or stuck in your apartment during a power outage or hurricane. With the weather warming up we are definitely longing to get out and go for those longer hikes and camping adventures, (see our tips for bringing your dogs along HERE). One of the biggest benefits of living a self-sufficient lifestyle is the confidence and power that […]

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