Grow your Own Mushrooms from Store Bought

This post is a continuation of our guide to growing oyster mushrooms here. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out first, as we go through a lot of vital information, demonstrating how to grow oyster mushrooms using old coffee as a substrate.

You might wonder after reading our guide whether there’s a low cost alternative, one that doesn’t require you to buy spawn on the internet. The answer is: Yes there is. The pay-off may not be guaranteed, but it’s certainly worth a shot.

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DIY Egg Sign

DIY how to flexible egg sign eggs available switch
If you have chickens in your backyard, you might like to sell eggs to passersby. So, you put up a sign that says “eggs for sale”, but might not always have eggs available. The solution is a flexible egg sign. The bright yellow on the open sign only shows up when there are eggs for sale.

The sign is actually composed of two separate signs, so the sign is visible to travelers coming from either direction. When the sign is flipped down, there is no bright yellow. This is a much more effective visual notification than the words and shape of the egg sign alone, especially when viewed from a fast car. We’ll teach you how to make one yourself!

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Growing an Avocado tree from seed in a bucket

If you’ve ever wondered if you could grow your own avocado tree with a seed you had left, rest assured you can! All you need are patience and sunlight. There are many different methods people use to grow avocados from seed, we’ll cover a few of them here.

Method one: The toothpick method.

This seems to be the most popular method. It works as following:

Avocado cut in half with seed visible

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Space Buckets: How to grow plants indoors in a bucket

Did you know you can grow plants in a bucket, without needing any sunlight? Such buckets are called “space buckets”. These buckets contain a design with LED-lights that allow a plant to grow without the need for sunlight. At slightly over 100 dollar per bucket, these buckets are not cheap to build, but they’re a great experiment, especially for people who have rooms without sufficient natural sunlight to grow plants in. We recommend building your own space bucket, following the step-by-step guide below.

How to build your own space bucket

space buckets black DIY how to guide

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Make your Own Sea Salt

Creating sea salt from ocean water is an ancient practice almost completely lost to us today. In the foodie bible The 100-Mile Diet, the very last food the authors found locally after a year of eating regionally, was a bag of pure sea salt from the Pacific Northwest oceans.

If like most humans you live close to one of the planet’s seven seas, you can participate in this ancient craft. It starts off with a 5 gallon bucket.


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