One of many things you can do with old jeans is make a quilt. My favorite style of
denim quilt is referred to as a “circle jeans quilt”.
Circle Jeans Quilt – Here is the best “how-to” that I have ever seen.
All you need is old jeans, some fabric for the “windows” and a whole bunch of thread.
Cucumber plants! These are from seed.
Green beans, black-eyed peas, corn, and squash. We used wood from the shed and flattened cardboard boxes to block weeds. The bean poles are scavenged from our shed, as well.
We enclosed an area that doesn’t get used. The fence was stretched along the diagonal, reducing the number of t-poles we needed to find or buy. We found one and bought two.
The middle pot has rosemary and carrots. The yellow pot is just carrots, but it was planted the same day as the middle pot. Carrots LOVE rosemary, apparently!
I’ve come across this saying a few times: “Food in the pantry is better than money in the bank.”
For a long time, I didn’t agree with it. I thought that having money in hand (or in the bank) meant that my family was secure in case “anything happened”. In some ways, that can be true, however – you can live without everything except food, water, and shelter.
If something catastrophic were to happen as some people are predicting with the US economy and money system – the dollars in your wallet and the bank would potentially be worth absolutely nothing, yet the food in your pantry would suddenly become an extremely valuable asset. We need only look at what happened during the Great Depression to know this is true. In any true emergency, the last thing you want is for your family to be hungry. If your family is fed, you are free from that worry and can focus on the situation at hand.
Don’t want for an emergency to occur to begin preparing. It is easy to build up an emergency supply of extra food. Simply buy a couple of extra cans of a sale item, or an extra bag or two of dry beans every chance you get. Don’t worry about your efforts being “too small”, just get started however you can.
Before you buy plants, look closely at how many plants there are in the pot. Sometimes you can find up to four or five plants in a single pot, for the same price as a pot that has only one plant. Use a sharp knife to cut the roots, rather than tearing them apart.
A piece of card board will kill grass and weeds better than a roll of the black plastic stuff sold for the purpose. Save flattened cardboard boxes year round and you will never have to buy anything to kill grass and weeds, and the cardboard will compost. Try to use cardboard with only minimal amounts of inks and dyes.
You don’t have to buy pots for plants. Almost anything can be used to grow something in. Buckets, trash cans, plastic food containers, baskets lined with plastic – anything that can be cut or drilled to allow water to drain. Save the flimsy temporary pots that your plants come in – they work just fine.