Category: OffTheGridNews

Jan 16

The Dirt-Cheap, Frugal Way To Start Seeds

Image source: Pixabay.com It’s easy to go overboard when shopping for seed supplies. Not only is it exciting to start growing things again, but there are so many tempting products. If you’re not careful, starting seeds can become surprisingly expensive. But with a little planning, you can get your hands on everything you need at …

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Jan 16

7 Heal-Anything Medicinal Plants You Can Grow Indoors

Marigold. Image source: Pixabay.com There is absolutely nothing like having fresh medicinal plants that you can pick and use right on the spot, when you need them. Plus, you can dry them, and then use a mortise and pestle to grind them and encapsulate your own medicinal plants. You know they were never sprayed with …

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Jan 15

9 Ways To Stay Fit Without Even Trying

Image source: Pixabay.com Most people would like to improve their overall fitness level, whether they are morbidly obese or whether they are simply not quite as spry or strong as they’d like to be. But working a fitness routine into an already busy day can be challenging, and going “on a diet” is not most …

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Jan 13

6 Immune-Boosting Foods People Ate Before There Were Antibiotics

In the not-so-distant past, antibiotics and antibacterial wipes, lotions and hand sanitizers had not been invented, so one had to rely on your immune system and foods to fight off any type of virus or bacterial infection. Too many of us take these important medicines for granted. My maternal grandfather nearly died from a simple …

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Jan 11

Winter Survival Skills That Kept The Pioneers Alive

Artist: George Henry Durrie   If you live in certain parts of North America, then you know all too well how cold and long a winter can be. In bad years, they can last from November through April. When ice is several inches thick on ground that hasn’t been salted, when the wind whips so …

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Jan 05

How To Grow Peppers Indoors All Winter Long

Image source: Pixabay.com   There are few things that you can grow in your garden that are as versatile as the pepper. Hot, sweet, red or green – even yellows, oranges and purples can add a touch of the exotic to your next dish. For most gardeners it simply wouldn’t be the same without a …

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Jan 03

Forgotten Skills That Helped The Native Americans Survive Winter

Artist: Robert Duncan Most of us head indoors and turn up the furnace when frigid weather hits, stacking in a good supply of wood for the stove or plugging in the old electric throw blanket — and praying that the power doesn’t go out! For the native people of this land, however, they had none …

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Jan 02

9 Clever Ways To Jump Start Your Garden During Winter

Image source: Wikimedia While garden season may seem a lifetime away when you’re hauling wood and shoveling snow mid-winter, there are many things you can be doing now to ensure a healthy, productive garden in the coming season. 1. Collect wood ash Wood ash, used in moderate amounts, makes excellent garden fertilizer. The ash is …

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Jan 01

How To Build The Best Unheated Greenhouse For Winter Use

Image source: UMN.edu Watching the snow blow and hearing the wind gust during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine growing vegetables outside. Sure, a greenhouse might make it possible, but that greenhouse would have to be a sturdy structure with a reliable heat source, right? Actually: No. Winter hardy vegetables can be grown in …

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Jan 01

5 Kitchen Cures For A Painful Sore Throat

Flu season is upon us, and a sore throat is one of the most common symptoms you might experience. A sore throat can be painful — and contribute to your misery during a sickness. Fortunately, there are dozens of kitchen remedies you can try to soothe your inflamed throat. 1. Honey The first way to …

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