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The Best Ideas and Coolest Photos from Homesteading / Survivalism

By carolyncastiglia |

homesteading, survivalism, eco-friendly homes, green roofs, container gardens

This beautiful used tire garden is just one of many great ideas, below.

I was raised by a father who loved to work the land. We had several gardens while I was growing up full of vegetables, herbs and flowers. My mother and I tried to list recently all the crops we grew over the years: tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, hot peppers, carrots, corn, green beans, radishes, lettuce, blueberries, cherries, peaches, strawberries … the list goes on and on! My dad also taught me how to fish, and he would even hunt for game occasionally. I ate venison a lot as a kid, and my father used to boast that he’d eaten squirrel at one point in his youth. (I’m not sure that’s something to brag about, but …)

My parents were constantly pickling and canning things, making jam and pasta sauce. We lived a “sustainable” lifestyle without even realizing it. My father was a carpenter, so he built much of our furniture, not to mention our whole house. I ultimately became a city-dweller, but I’m definitely into green living, reusing and recycling products in creative ways. (Half of my daughter’s toys are things she made out of the boxes or Styrofoam the actual “toys” came in.) These are some of the cleverest and most attractive sustainable projects I’ve come across, showing you ways to re-purpose everyday items to remarkable effect, along with some photos of eco-friendly homes and gardens that will get your green thumb itching:

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The Best Ideas and Coolest Photos from Homesteading / Survivalism

Tire Garden

So colorful and cheery.

All photos via Homesteading / Survivalism on Facebook. Yes, this group is a strange mix of crunchy liberal types and anti-vaccine libertarians, but they sure can come together over the earth, and isn’t that great?



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Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. She’s appeared in TONY, The NY Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere online at and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Carolyn's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “The Best Ideas and Coolest Photos from Homesteading / Survivalism

  1. neal says:

    Wow, the Bosco Verticale is amazing. I’ve never been drawn to city life, but the direction the Bosco thing is going is just wonderful.

  2. C.Previti says:

    this bed is hauntingly romantic.

  3. C.Previti says:

    hanger clip chip….

    I have been doing it years. I paint or decorate mine.

  4. Alisa Peters says:

    what is the best kind of paint to paint the tires with?
    I was just looking at two tires that i have soil in for potatoes and wondering what to do to cheer it up!!

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    Curious question

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