The Best Ideas and Coolest Photos from Homesteading / Survivalism

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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:

  • Tire Garden 1 of 23
    Tire Garden
    So colorful and cheery.
  • Nature’s Bedframe 2 of 23
    Nature's Bedframe
  • Soda Bottle Canopy 3 of 23
    Soda Bottle Canopy
    Being used as a car port.
  • Soda Bottle Canopy from Below 4 of 23
    Soda Bottle Canopy from Below
    Love this idea - smart way to reuse if you want to shade an area of your yard, and so pretty! Just add water with food coloring in it.
  • Toilet Paper Roll Seedlings 5 of 23
    Toilet Paper Roll Seedlings
  • Eggshell Seedlings 6 of 23
    Eggshell Seedlings
    Even better! Use them as compost after you transplant the seedlings.
  • Hanger Chip Clip 7 of 23
    Hanger Chip Clip
    I can't believe I never thought of this before. I hate just throwing away the hangers that come with kids clothes.
  • Bug Garden 8 of 23
    Bug Garden
    I guess there's no excuse for anyone with an old car in their yard not to put it to good use!
  • Reused Soda Bottle Wall Garden 9 of 23
    Reused Soda Bottle Wall Garden
    Totally green.
  • Lightbulb Greenhouse 10 of 23
    Lightbulb Greenhouse
  • Coffee Can Wall Garden 11 of 23
    Coffee Can Wall Garden
    Sturdy and looks great. There's a wall garden like this at Habana Outpost in Brooklyn. Very decorative, and you can grow your own ingredients right in your seating area/yard!
  • Stereo Stump 12 of 23
    Stereo Stump
  • Bike Mower 13 of 23
    Bike Mower
    Put the pedal to the metal!
  • Eco Bath 14 of 23
    Eco Bath
    Totally solar powered. Designed by Earthship.
  • And now for a series of green roofs… 15 of 23
    And now for a series of green roofs...
    ...that will make you want to move to the Shire.
  • Mountain Homes 16 of 23
    Mountain Homes
    Green roofs cool your home and clean the air.
  • Bosco Verticale in Milan 17 of 23
    Bosco Verticale in Milan
    The world's first "vertical forest." Yes, these are apartment buildings, currently under construction.
  • Hidden Knoll 18 of 23
    Hidden Knoll
    It's like a dreamscape.
  • Lush Landscape 19 of 23
    Lush Landscape
    It looks so cool, literally, especially compared to hot concrete.
  • Witch’s House? 20 of 23
    Witch's House?
    Which house? This house.
  • Lavender Roof 21 of 23
    Lavender Roof
  • Trampoline Hammock 22 of 23
    Trampoline Hammock
  • Pallet Toddler Bed 23 of 23
    Pallet Toddler Bed
    Looks great, is sustainable and seems totally sturdy. Plus - wheels!!!

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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