Look at the supermarket today and you’ll find an abundance of fresh food to choose from. It wasn’t always like that. The Netherlands suffered a big famine in the winter of 1944/45. People had to travel by bicycle from the big cities to the countryside, in hopes of finding farmers who had some food available for sale.
The Dutch famine is a classic example of how rapidly things can go wrong in a wealthy densely populated country. Famine is not just something you hear about on TV, my grandparents lived through one, they had to eat tulip bulbs to survive. Many people suffered hunger during the Great Depression too.
In countries plagued by war today, famines are happening as we speak. Things can go wrong in a country without war too however. In Venezuela in 2016, 75% of the population lost an average of 19 pounds of weight! A big natural disaster could similarly lead to people going hungry. For this reason, we will look today at ways to store food to prepare for potentially disastrous situations.
In the image above here you can see our scarecrow. Isn’t this the most evil looking bucket you’ve ever seen? As you can see, the clothing isn’t filled with anything. That’s actually on purpose. As the arms can flail around in the air, I think the movement may help scare away birds. It took us about an hour to set up this scarecrow, but you can probably do it in less time with our instructions.
We’re going to show you how we set up this scarecrow, so stay with us, as we show you the materials we used.
If you’re growing plants in your garden, you might notice your young plants suffering from animals that eat them. Rabbits, rodents, birds, insects, there are a wide range of animals out there that can harm a young growing plant. To get your plant through those first fragile months, there’s an easy solution: A five gallon bucket plant protector! We’ll show you how to make one yourself in this article!
By now, I’m sure you’ve seen our Five Gallon Bucket seats page here, where we show
you how to easily turn a five gallon bucket into a seat that you can bring with you to go camping. We’ve also shown you how to easily build a minimalistic design for a concrete chair out of a five gallon bucket. Today, we’d like to show you another kind of seat you can make at home with a five gallon bucket. This kind of seat is the Ottoman.