The slow sand filter projects documented on this website have taken place in the pacific northwest area of Washington state, USA. The first filter project (filter one) was started in early 2007. All of the projects are ongoing and will continue as long as the author is able. The water quality tests that have been(…)
Food and water
Build your own STAINLESS STEEL water filter / purifier. Easy to follow instructions. All you need is a drill and a pair of tin snips. A water purifier is a must have for a wilderness cabin, off grid living or survival during power outages and SHTF situations.
Garden towers are an easy and fun way of growing food in limited space, while composting your food scraps and using them to fertilize the soil. The idea is that the plans are put in special slots cut on the side of the barrel, while food scraps are put in the perforated tube mounted inside the barrel. Then a couple of earthworms are also inserted in the tube and while they munch their way through the food scraps, they also fertilize and constantly improve the soil in the barrel.
Getting water out from a deep well is not as simple as one would hope. This article scratches the surface on the various difficulties that one would face when trying to extract water from a well that is more than 10 meters deep and will explain how the can be easily avoided by using a rope pump.
Shortly after your garden starts giving fruit you will be wondering how to preserve it so you and your family can enjoy it during the whole year. Drying food is the oldest method for preserving the harvest for later use and it’s benefits are that the dehydrated food gets smaller and weights less due to the lack of water in it and unlike freezing you don’t need constant power to prevent the food from spoiling.
Honey bees and beekeeping is a highly relevant topic when talking about a self-sustained person, family or a community. As honey is an invaluable natural product that is not only a natural sweetener and nutrition source, but also a well proven medicine which has a long storage life, it’s high on the list of the prepper.
While researching various ways to drill for water I discovered this interesting video demonstrating how one can build a hand drill form plumbing parts and drill for water to substantial depth. This method allows manual drilling for water to depths up to 100m for 3 to 4 days, while the 30m mark can be reached on the first day. While this drill cannot penetrate hard rock and the encounter of larger stones will certainly obstruct the drilling, it is a very cheap method to drill for water and it will work for almost any type of soil.
Plastic bottles can be reused to create a simple, yet effective watering system that provides continuous moisture to trees or flowers. This will not only benefit the plants, but will also reduce the amount of water that you use for watering and will also reduce the amount of plastic waste that you are producing.