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Homemade laundry detergent is a cost effective way to save money on your laundry routine. This liquid laundry detergent recipe costs pennies per load to make yourself, and it works great!

Commercial laundry detergent is expensive, with dyes and fragrances that could irritate your family’s skin. This DIY detergent is gentle enough to use on cloth diapers without negative side effects.

This recipe makes a total of 10 gallons of liquid laundry detergent. The concentrate can be stored in a 5 gallon bucket, but then should be mixed with equal parts water when it is poured into a dispenser.

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Are you looking forward to the long, sunshine filled days of summer? That sunshine can do more than just warm your skin and give you a daily dose of vitamin D. It can also dry and sanitize your laundry. A clothesline is a very simple way to reduce energy usage and lower your budget. My […]

The post How to Install a Clothesline with Pulleys appeared first on The Not So Modern Housewife.

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Eggs at the grocery store have a limited color selection. Your choices are white or brown. All of the eggs are completely uniform, same shade, same size, and same shape. So farm fresh can come as a bit of a surprise to someone who has only had eggs from the grocery store. Farm fresh eggs […]

The post Why Are Chicken Eggs Different Colors? appeared first on The Not So Modern Housewife.

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Perhaps you’re new to creating compost, or you need to fill an area larger than your current compost production can support, but a time will come when you’ll need to find a source of outside compost. You can purchase compost at your local garden supply center, but this can be costly if you need a […]

The post 5 Little Known Ways to Find Cheap Compost appeared first on The Not So Modern Housewife.

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The overarching theme of the 21st century has become consumption. For every product we purchase, there is packaging to throw away. We use disposable plates, cups, cutlery, and straws because our hectic lives have deemed it too difficult to wash dishes. Even $1000 appliances have become disposable as manufacturers make them more and more difficult […]

The post 8 Ways to Become a Producer Instead of a Consumer appeared first on The Not So Modern Housewife.

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Selecting the correct container for your vegetable garden can depend upon a variety of factors. What is the correct size container for your plant? Will you need to be able to move the container after it is planted? What material will work best for your environment? What color and style will best match your decor? Let’s take a look at some of the main factors to consider when choosing planters for your vegetable garden.

Plant Spacing

The plant spacing can determine the size of the container you choose or how many plants you place in each container. Plants with closer spacing like radishes and carrots can easily be planted several per container, while larger plants like tomatoes and summer squash are best grown individually or across a long, deep container.

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Selecting the best planters for your container garden is an essential part of successfully growing edible plants in a small space. You’ll want enough root space to support growth, but you don’t want a planter so deep that you’re wasting soil.

These containers will give you the ability to grow your own fresh lettuces, cucumbers, and tomatoes even if you’re short on space. Add a few to your patio or balcony for convenient vegetables any time. Traditional gardeners can even add a few to their gardens to customize and dress-up their growing space.

10 Best Planters for Your Container Garden

Planter Boxes

The most versatile member of any container garden, planter boxes can go anywhere.

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Pigs tend to be very hardy animals; however, they aren’t completely immune to all ailments, especially as babies. Baby pigs, or piglets, are much more susceptible to disease and injury than mature pigs. So how do we prevent illness in piglets and how do we care for them when they get sick?

Recognizing Illness in Your Piglet

Observing your piglet and learning how it behaves normally is the first step to ensuring you keep him or her healthy. Piglets are a lot like puppies. They will take frequent naps, but they also love to play and wrestle. They also LOVE to eat.

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Ducks are growing in popularity as the latest additions to backyard homesteads; however, there is still some apprehension when it comes to eating duck eggs. For those who have dared to venture outside of their comfort zones, many have found they prefer the rich flavor of duck eggs over that of chicken eggs. Ducks are also found to be easier keepers than chickens, being more disease resistant and (sometimes) easier to house.

So what do you need to know about raising ducks for eggs, and how do you get started?

Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

At first glance, it’s easy to see the obvious size difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs.

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We’re approaching the anniversary of Hurricane Irma, which makes me think more about what I should be doing to be more prepared for a hurricane.

August and September are the most volatile months of hurricane season. ​​This is typically when we see more hurricanes as well as more powerful hurricanes. The most historic hurricanes have happened in August and September.

Granted, most of you do not live in hurricane country, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. For you, August and September signify the end of summer. That means winter is just around the corner, and your own preparedness concerns will be here before you know it.

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