Category Archives: Do it yourself Projects

Oppenheimer Ranch Project: Seed Saving Lettuce with Diamond & Leah – Growing Abundance is Like Growing Money, Health and Wealth

In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can-and will-overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world-we change ourselves! -Jules Dervaes Growing Food is Our Greatest Protest -Learn to garden and separate yourself from capitalism’s control of food. https://bit.ly/2BhjcGf Video on the topic here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB3ku…

Adapt 2030: How Willing Are You to Change Your Lifestyle for Events That Are Happening?

I opened a can of peas with a rock by sanding off the ring holding the can lid on, at the same time discussing why small businesses are being put out of business, so when you receive universal basic income you will be allowed to spend it at at approved retailers, i.e corporate 500 businesses. I could have used a can opener or a knife, but wanted to try a different method. The point is to try something new, to try a different style to do something we take for granted. Can opener is too easy. How many people will forget a can opener when bugging out ? Vast changes are sweeping the planet are you ready to shift your lifestyle to roll with the changes?

How to keep pests out of your survival garden

naturalnews.com
2 July 2020
Zoey Sky


(Natural News) For a homesteader, a garden does more than add beauty to your property. When SHTF, your garden can provide fresh produce so you can keep your family healthy and well-fed.

But maintaining a garden means you also need to know natural and effective ways to protect your plants from garden pests. (h/t to BeansBulletsBandagesAndYou.com)

Why chemical pesticides are bad for your garden

Pesticides are used to eliminate organisms that can invade or damage crops.

There are different kinds of pesticides, such as:

  • Fungicides, which are used to protect harvested crops and seeds from fungal rot.
  • Herbicides, also called weed killers, which are used to boost crop yields.
  • Insecticides, which are used to eliminate insects and their eggs.

Ideally, pesticides should destroy its target pest without causing negative side effects to humans, other plants, animals and the environment.

But while some commonly used pesticides come close, they are far from perfect. Using pesticides in your home garden can still negatively affect your health and the environment, which you may not want to risk when SHTF.

Synthetic pesticides are created in industrial labs while organic pesticides, or biopesticides, are made using naturally occurring chemicals.

Avoid using the classes of synthetic pesticides detailed below to keep your crops safe for human consumption and to avoid harming the environment.

  • Carbamates are insecticides that affect the nervous system like organophosphate. However, the former is less toxic and their effects wear off more quickly.
  • Glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, is a herbicide used to farm genetically modified crops (GMOs).
  • Neonicotinoids are insecticides used on leaves and trees. The EPA is studying neonicotinoids because they cause harm to bees.
  • Organophosphates are insecticides that target the nervous system. Some organophosphates are banned or restricted because of toxic accidental exposures.

Organic and sustainable methods of insect control

Companion planting

Companion planting involves growing certain kinds of plants in your garden that offers benefit to your other crops. Some plants can keep out certain insects from your garden.

For example, marigolds and nasturtium help repel squash pest insects. Meanwhile, borage, which deters tomato hornworm and cabbage moth caterpillars, should be planted near strawberries and tomatoes.

Physical methods 

Physical methods are cheaper than buying various products, but they often require more of your time and energy.

  1. Hand-picking – Some bugs that are big enough can be easily picked off of your plants, but this may not be the best option if you’re busy with work or other tasks around your homestead. You may also want to consider other options if you have health conditions that may prevent you from working in your garden for too long. (Related: Home gardening tips for preppers: Get rid of squash beetles with this item from your pantry.)
  2. Neem oil – Neem oil tastes bitter and smells like a mixture of garlic and sulfur. It helps repel garden pests like insects, mites and fungi-like powdery mildew. You can spray neem oil on plants for pest control because it won’t harm beneficial insects like honeybees and ladybugs. Neem oil is also safe to use around humans and pets.
  3. Row covers – Row covers are less labor-intensive. Floating row covers are light, air- and somewhat light-permeable strips of material that you can put over the plants to physically block the insects. Using row covers at night also helps deter rabbits. Note that row covers shouldn’t be used on flowering species that need flying insect pollinators. Make sure row covers are light enough to not crush your crops, but are tight enough to keep out flying insects.

Recipe for homemade insect spray

Try the recipe below to make a natural insect spray for your home garden.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • garlic cloves, mashed or chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 bar of soap, grated

Steps:

  1. Boil the water in a pot along with the cayenne, garlic and onion. Add the grated soap and stir.
  2. Remove the pot from heat when bubbles start to rise or after 2 minutes.
  3. Cover the pot, then let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture before using.

For small applications, store the mixture in a sprayer bottle.

To cover larger areas, use tank sprayers that are pressurized by pumping air. Use a tank sprayer with a long wand attachment so you don’t hurt your back while spraying low plants.

Tips on using sprays

You can tweak the homemade spray by using other ingredients you might have at home, like chopped hot pepper if you don’t have cayenne.

Replace the grated soap with liquid soaps or dish detergent. The soap helps the mixture to stick to the leaves since some plants wax their leaves to shed water and deter fungi, but this also sheds homemade insect spray without soap.

Use these natural methods to help your crops thrive and keep your home garden free from pests and harmful chemicals.

Sources include:

BeansBulletsBandagesAndYou.com

Healthline.com

WestCoastSeeds.com

GardenClub.HomeDepot.com

Home gardening basics: 24 Plants to grow in a bucket garden

naturalnews.com
25 June 2020
Zoey Sky


(Natural News) Bucket gardening is popular among urban preppers because it allows you to grow assorted herbs and vegetables even if you live in a small apartment. Also known as container gardening, this method is a great way to start your own garden if you’re a beginner who doesn’t want to feel overwhelmed with a full-sized backyard garden. (h/t to UrbanSurvivalSite.com)

Why bucket gardening is perfect for urban preppers

As an urban prepper, you need to be more creative with your preps, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space. With bucket gardening, you can maximize every inch of space in your home or apartment by growing plants in small to medium-sized containers.

If you live in the suburbs or out in the country, bucket gardening also offers other benefits, such as being portable. If you’re worried about not being able to look after your crops after SHTF, simply move the buckets closer to your house.

Bucket gardening is also affordable. If you don’t want to spend money on buckets and assorted containers for your garden, you can upcycle common household items or look for containers in flea markets.

What to grow in your bucket garden

You can grow different plants in a bucket garden, but some crops are better suited to container gardening. Below are some plants that you can easily grow in a bucket at home

  1. Beets
  2. Broccoli
  3. Cabbage
  4. Carrots
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Collard Greens
  7. Dwarf Banana
  8. Dwarf Orange
  9. Eggplant
  10. Garlic
  11. Kale
  12. Lettuce
  13. Mustard Greens
  14. Okra
  15. Onions
  16. Peas
  17. Peppers
  18. Potatoes
  19. Radishes
  20. Rice
  21. Strawberries
  22. Sweet corn
  23. Swiss chard
  24. Tomatoes

Containers to use in your bucket garden

Drill or poke holes in the bottom of all growing containers for proper water drainage. Add an inch of gravel at the bottom of your bucket or chosen container to improve drainage.

Ideally, you should use sturdy five-gallon buckets to grow your crops. But if you don’t have access to buckets, you can use other containers such as:

  • Old laundry baskets
  • Large tin cans
  • Plastic 55-gallon drums
  • Plastic food tubs
  • Plastic pots
  • Plastic storage tubs
  • Terra cotta pots
  • Toy bins
  • Trash cans (Drill holes on the sides for small plants to grow out of.)
  • Troughs
  • Wooden barrels

If you want to use a container that’s not included in the list above, feel free to do so as long as it has good drainage and it is big enough for the plant you wish to grow.

Things to consider before you start container gardening

Before you buy seeds and assorted containers for your garden, sit down and determine how you’re going to use your harvest. Are you going to plant enough for one person or a whole family? Do you want to have enough veggies left so you can preserve food for when SHTF? How much space can you use for your container garden?

Once you answer these questions, you can figure out how much space you should take up and how to proceed with your bucket garden. (Related: Remain self-sufficient during the coronavirus pandemic by growing vegetables in buckets.)

Preserving your harvest

Even with a bucket garden, you can have enough left over to preserve in your survival stockpile. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment if you want to preserve food. You can set up your own solar dehydrator and use sunshine to dry the herbs or vegetables.

If you don’t mind spending money on useful equipment, you can purchase an electric dehydrator that you can use for herbs, fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, you can preserve food using either pressure canning or water bath canning. A residential grade dehydrator costs about $75 to $150 while the home canning equipment needed to use both the water bath and pressure method of preserving food costs around $200.

If you plan to store preserved food in Mason jars or vacuum-sealed bags, don’t store more than one meal’s worth of food in them. If you open a storage container more than once, the food inside gets continually exposed to moisture, which reduces its longevity.

By starting a bucket garden, you can grow food even in a small space and provide your family with fresh and nutritious herbs and vegetables after SHTF.

Sources include:

UrbanSurvivalSite.com

TheSpruce.com

Almanac.com

Eco Liberty Conclusion: Container gardening the way to go it you live in apartment or flats that you don’t have land to dig up for a garden. Or when you do have land but you’re renting and the Landlord will not let the dig up the ground for garden; container gardening will be the only option that will not upset the Landlord. Or you just want to grow plants in containers in general.

10 Plants That Can Absorb Electromagnetic Radiation; But is that SO?

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Plants That Help Eliminate & Absorb Electromagnetic Radiation

1. Cactus

cactus anti radiation plant

Cactus is well known as an efficient absorber of radioactive waves thanks to an in-depth study done by NASA.

It is especially useful for absorbing the radiation that is produced by computers, making it an excellent plant for any office, whether at work or in your home.

It also absorbs the radiation that may be coming from nearby cell phone towers, so it is truly a plant that protects you from a wide range of radioactive activity.

Part of what makes cactus such a wonderful plant is that it is so easy to maintain. Cacti do not need to be watered every day – just when the soil gets dry.

They grow well with a lot of light in a warm spot, but if you are in a cold climate you can keep them indoors near a window, and they will do just fine. This is preferable, of course, because they need to be kept in a straight line from your computer if you want them to most effectively absorb the harmful radioactive waves that it emits.

Cacti are unique-looking plants that can add a comfortable, southwestern ambiance to any room. Because there are over 2,000 species of cacti, you can mix and match different designs, colors, shapes, and sizes to put together a real work of art and keep your home pretty and fresh.

They are slow growers and should live for a long time provided that you take the minimum effort required to keep them growing healthily.

2. Snake Plant

snake plant radiation absorbing plant

The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue, is another plant that is very effective when it comes to absorbing computer radiation.

Placing it near your computer or close to other major sources of radiation can be a great way to keep your room healthy.

It also does a fantastic job of converting CO2 into oxygen, so you will benefit from cleaner air and clearer, stronger lungs!

The snake plant’s long, thin appearance makes for a great addition to any room. It is very versatile and can be grown in the ground or in a variety of pots, no matter what the material.

Like the cactus, a snake plant does not require constant watering. You just need to check the soil about once a week to make sure that it hasn’t dried out.

Then, simply water it until it is fully moist, but be careful not to drown it, especially in the winter months. Make sure not to get the leaves wet when you are watering the plant, as this can lead to decay or a variety of other issues.

The snake plant does best in indirect light, so the ideal spot for it is away from a window in a room that gets several hours of a light a day.

Whether you have it near your TV, computer, or any other electronic device, you will be benefiting from its ability to absorb a large amount of radiation, protecting both you and your family from the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves.

3. Spider Plant

spider plant radiation absorbing plant

The spider plant is similar in appearance to the snake plant, but the leaves are limp instead of rigid and tend to flow out over the side of the vessel rather than point straight up.

The spider plant is a succulent that not only absorbs pollution and cleans your home of harmful gases but is also very useful in absorbing radiation from your electronic devices.

The spider plant is another one that requires very little maintenance. Like the snake plant, it grows best in indirect light, making it the perfect indoor plant.

Too much sunlight or heat will cause the leaves to burn, to make sure to keep the plant in an area that receives plenty of shade, or to move it away from the window after several hours of sunlight exposure. These plants do best in temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spider plants can be self-sustaining, as they will produce flowers that may cause a new spider plant to form! Once this new plant reaches 2 inches, you should replant it in another pot.

Now you have a second spider plant that you can put anywhere, and you didn’t even need to go to the store to buy it!

This is one of the most economical ways to protect yourself and your family from the harmful EMF waves that can be found throughout your home, especially in areas with electronic devices.

4. Betel Leaf Plant

betel leaf radiation absorbing plant

The betel leaf plant is a beautiful and simple accent plant for any room. On top of its great looks, it has a strong ability to absorb electromagnetic waves.

Because it has hydroxyl and superoxide scavenging properties, it can be used to eliminate these radioactive components from the air.

In addition to this, it absorbs harmful gases, meaning that the air in your home or office will be clean and clear, letting you breathe more easily.

The betel leaf plant is versatile and can be grown in a garden, on a balcony, or in a container inside your home.

If you want to take full advantage of its radioprotective properties, you’ll want to keep it inside near your devices that emit the most radiation.

Radiation travels in a straight line, so keep that in mind when setting up your plant, and make sure not to block the path with other items.

The betel leaf plant is slightly more difficult to maintain, as it requires regular watering. You should check the soil every day.

If it is dried out, water it fully and check again in a few minutes to make sure it doesn’t all get absorbed. You want the soil to maintain a consistent level of moisture.

Keep the plant in partial shade to minimize the risk of burning the leaves. If your room is sunny, simply move it to a corner that is far away from the window and receives less sunlight.

5. Stone Lotus Flower

stone lotus radiation absorbing plant

The stone lotus flower is a succulent that is similar in appearance to a cactus but is slightly different biologically.

It is great at absorbing radiation and considering its size, it is one of the most efficient plants at doing so. These unique succulents are small and can be kept on your desk right next to your computer, making for a great functional decoration.

You’ll be able to look at something pretty and know that it is protecting you from the harmful waves coming out of your electronic devices!

Like most succulents, the stone lotus is relatively easy to care for. It requires very little light and even less water, so it should be able to survive no matter where you put it as long as there is a minimal amount of sun every day.

Because it can be planted in stones, it is great at holding onto water, so you only need to water it every 2 or 3 days. Just check to make sure there is a little bit of moisture, and if there isn’t, give it a little bit of water.

Stone Lotus plants are relatively affordable, so you can get a bunch of them to put around your house for a cohesive, matching look. They really pack a punch for their size and will help absorb radiation throughout your home.

Because they are relatively compact, you can place them on almost any surface without them taking over or becoming intrusive.

6. Aloe Vera

aloe vera radiation absorbing plant

Aloe Vera has long been used for its many medicinal purposes, but it is also capable of absorbing high levels of radiation.

Like many other healthy plants, the Aloe Vera plant also cleans your air thoroughly, absorbing carbon dioxide and converting it into oxygen.

It is a nice-looking plant that is easy to grow, so you can harvest it and use it for its many other properties while new plants continue to bud.

Aloe Vera should be planted in a wide container using a high-quality potting mix similar to what you would use for other succulents.

This container should have sufficient drainage, as too much water can lead to rot or wilted leaves, which could ultimately result in a dead plant.

These plants do best in indirect sunlight, so be sure to keep them far enough away from the window to get several hours of shade every day, especially if you live in a hot climate.

Because of its radioprotective properties, you should place your Aloe Vera plant in a straight line from the electronic device that is emitting radiation.

Make sure not place anything between the two, as this will diminish the ability of the plant to absorb radiation.

Having several Aloe Vera plants throughout the house is an excellent way to protect yourself from radiation and keep your air clean and fresh.

7. Ivy

ivy radiation absorbing plant

Ivy is one of the best absorbers of radiation available. It can absorb up to 90% of benzene in the air within 24 hours.

This means that it is extremely effective and works fast so that you can start benefiting as soon as you purchase and place this beautiful plant.

It is also known to clean and greatly improve the quality of your air, eliminating substances such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.

Ivy can be planted indoors or outdoors, but if you want to take advantage of its ability to block and eliminate radiation, it is best to use it inside the home.

It is easy to grow inside as long you have a room that can provide the plant with plenty of bright light. If you have large windows in the south-facing portion of your home, this is the ideal spot to put the plant.

Make sure not to overwater your ivy, as it does best in semi-dry conditions. Check to see that the soil is dry on the top before you water the plant again.

You should also plant your ivy in a vessel that has plenty of drainages, as it will begin to wilt if it sits in standing water for too long.

If you notice that the water isn’t draining, dump the excess water and try to find a better container for the ivy.

8. Asparagus Fern

asparagus radiation absorbing plant

Asparagus fern has a wonderful fragrance and is highly effective when it comes to absorbing radiation.

It has well-known antioxidant properties that help to defend against damage that may be caused by exposure to gamma radiation.

It is also a strong plant for absorbing electromagnetic waves that may come from your computer, television, or other electronic devices in your home.

Another easy plant to care for, the asparagus fern makes for a great indoor decorative item as well as a functional, radiation-absorbing plant.

The spurs can be slightly thorny, however, so make sure to wear gloves when performing maintenance and to keep it away from where children or pets may be able to access it.

You will want to keep your fern in a warm, humid area. If you are in a cool, dry climate, this can be done by having a humidifier in a room near the plant.

The asparagus fern loves water, so always keep it hydrated and water it every day. It is best grown in a pot, and you should fertilize it several times a year to give it the nutrients that it needs to survive.

This plant may require a bit more maintenance, but it is worth it due to its aesthetic and functional properties.

9. Mustard Greens

mustard green radiation eliminating plant

Mustard greens are not only a delicious and nutritional food item, they are also great for protecting against electromagnetic radiation!

While you may be used to seeing them grown in outdoor gardens, mustard greens can be very useful indoors because they can protect against damage that may be caused by oxidative stress or radiation.

This means that your air will be cleaner and the amount of radiation in your home will be greatly reduced.

You may want to start your mustard greens outdoors, but once you have enough, you can transfer some to an indoor pot.

You’ll be amazed at just how quickly it grows! The best way to care for them is to keep them in a sunny area with partial shade and to fertilize it several times a year.

They need about 2 inches of water a week, so make sure that you are staying on top of that as the plant grows.

The mustard greens will grow quickly and may start to overflow out of the pot. This is okay as they are perfectly edible and can provide a nice spicy kick to any of your meals.

They are also high in vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene, so the health benefits extend far beyond just blocking radiation.

10. Rubber Plant

rubber plant radiation absorbing

The rubber plant is large, aesthetically pleasing plant that has many radioprotective properties.

It helps to absorb electromagnetic waves wherever it is kept but will be the most efficient when stored near your electronic devices.

It can be grown inside or outside and is relatively easy to maintain considering its beauty and size. In addition to protecting you from radiation, it has plenty of air-purifying properties as well.

The rubber plant prefers to be kept in a mild environment with indirect light and a cooler temperature.

Keep it in an air-conditioned room that gets several hours of sunlight during the day, especially if you live in a hot climate.

Windows with curtains can be great, as they will help it receive just the right amount of light. When it is growing, you will need to keep it moist, watering it regularly if you notice that the soil is drying out.

When it is not growing, you may only need to water it once or twice a month as it won’t be using up as many nutrients.

The rubber tree is a beautiful, extravagant plant that looks fantastic in any style of room. Placing several throughout your house will give you a tropical feel while protecting you from many of the harmful electromagnetic waves that are constantly being emitted throughout your home.

Final Words

In today’s world, most people are constantly exposed to electromagnetic radiation.

Whether we are using our cell phones, cooking with the microwave, or using an electric shaver, many everyday tasks leave us exposed to these harmful waves.

Too much electromagnetic radiation can lead to a variety of health problems, including development or increase of allergies, an increased risk of cancer, and a multitude of neurological disorders.

Having plants such as those mentioned on this list, you’ll be doing yourself and your family a favor and contributing to the overall health of your entire home.

Eco Liberty Conclusion: Can those plant protect us or minimize the effect of EMF radiation. That the myth that Eco Liberty like to bust to see it that is true. In the source does not show the publishing date and the author show just his first name. That the reason the added “But Is that so?” to the title because the Eco Liberty blogger is skeptical to this post. Do you think plant protect us from EMF Radiation let me know in the comments below.

10 Ways You Can Recycle Plastic Food Bottles

Surviopedia.com
11 August 2016
Carmela Tyrell

Have you ever noticed that you seem to buy, and then throw out endless numbers of plastic food and beverage bottles?

From ketchup and mayonnaise to soda and water, plastic bottles are truly one of the most common sources of rubbish. Did you know the plastic bottle are also some of the most versatile things you can have for managing all kinds of prepping needs?

Have a look at just a few simple things you can do with plastic bottles to make your life easier now and navigate through a major crisis. You’ll start stockpiling plastic bottles when you’ll see these projects, so that you have a large reserve of them in time of need.

Tools to Have On Hand

Even though plastic bottles are exceptionally easy to work with, a few basic tools are very important to have onhand.

  • Scissors
  • Pointed objects such as knitting needles, awls, nails, etc
  • Knife
  • Paper punch
  • Stapler
  • Ruler, Paper, Compass, Protractor – for designing items that you will be making from the bottles.  A paper pattern is especially useful because you can always use it to make new items as old ones wear out.
  • Candle – for some projects, you will need to melt the plastic in order to create a perfect fit or to make a new form altogether.   When used with care, a candle can provide enough heat to soften or melt the plastic.
  • Non-flammable work surface –  molten, and even very soft plastic can stick to all kinds of surfaces and be difficult to remove.  Aluminum foil or other non-flammable materials can help you reduce the risk of starting an unwanted fire and also make clean up much easier.  Don’t forget that plastic can also generate sparks that can easily land on curtains or other flammable material.  Work in an area where you do not have to worry about sparks starting fires hours or even days after you completed your task.
  • Source of readily available water or fire extinguisher – if you are planning to heat plastic for any reason, keep water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case the fire gets out of control.

And here are the DIY projects to develop using plastic bottles:

1. Sieve/Strainer

Removing debris from water, cooking, and even watering houseplants all require some kind of sieve or strainer. Despite that, when your life turns upside down because of a short term or long term disaster, sieves and strainers may be the last things on your mind. Fortunately, you can make a good strainer by poking a few holes in a plastic bottle.

To make strainers with the most precise patterns and holes, start off by adding water to the bottle and letting it freeze. Do not put the cap back on the bottle or overfill it as this can cause the bottle to split from the expansion that occurs as water converts to ice.

Once you have a solidly frozen bottle to work with, use clamps or a vice to secure the bottle to your work table.  Now all you have to do is punch holes in the bottle with a nail or awl and then let the ice melt. After you empty the water out, you will have a perfectly good strainer for food, water, and anything else that will not interact with the plastic.

2. Water Purification and Filtration

There are at least three ways you can use plastic drinking bottles for water purification:

  • First, if you have a clear bottle, simply fill it with water and set it in the sun for a few hours. The UV rays from the sun will go right through the plastic and kill off any bacteria in the water. Just make sure that you do not let the water get too hot because this will cause the water to take on a plastic taste.  In addition, if the water gets hot enough to make steam, it can cause the bottle to burst.
  • Second – you can cut the bottle open and use it to layer various kinds of filtration medium. Charcoal, sand, and just about anything else can be layered in the bottle. Be sure to have a clean cup or some container ready and in position to catch the water after it drains through the filtration media.
  • Third – if you plan on using hydroponics for growing food and raising fish, it is very important to keep the water well filtered. You can make an aquarium filter of just about any size using old plastic drinking bottles. Even if you use simple media like charcoal and fiber floss, your aquaponics system will work better than if you have no form of filtration and aeration.

3. Bug Catcher

Have you ever noticed that mosquitoes, horse flies and other noxious flying insects seem to show up when you have the least amount of time or energy to deal with them? If so, then you probably already know that these insects will probably appear in droves during a crisis situation.

To make matters even worse, the Zika virus and many other dangerous diseases can be transmitted by these insects. In times when sanitation and waste removal systems will be either overtaxed or unavailable, it is more important than ever to know how to get rid of flying insects using non-chemical means.

You can use plastic bottles to make inexpensive, easy to maintain bug catchers that will work no matter where you put them. In fact, if you have a problem with insects right now, you can use these bug catchers to solve your problems. Click on the picture below to read our article on how to build this bug catcher!

4. Build Shelters

Surprisingly enough, there are dozens, if not more ways to use plastic bottles to build shelters.  You can fill them with sand or other materials that would normally be of little use, and then make a mud cement to form walls.

Some people also fill the bottles with water or other materials that make it easier to use passive heating or cooling methods. You can also use plastic bottles filled with water and bleach to create a basic light that will brighten up an interior room.

Plastic bottles can also be cut apart for roof materials and siding, or you can melt the plastic down and form it into more suitable tiles.

5. Leak Sealant

If you think insects are going to be a nuisance in the post crisis world, then you may be caught off guard by how many problems can be caused by leaks. When it comes to overlooked areas of prepping, you may not even be thinking about storing away extra PVC pipe or other items that may spring a leak at just the wrong moment.

As long as the pipes in question will not reach high temperatures, then you can fix these leaks easily enough with plastic bottles.  All you need to do is:

  • Cut a large enough patch from the plastic bottle to cover the area that is leaking.
  • Use a candle to presoften the patch as much as possible.
  • Wear heat protecting while you fit the plastic patch to the area that is leaking.
  • Carefully use the candle to heat the plastic patch until it fully adheres to the item that needs to be patched.  Be careful not to melt or burn the item that is being patched.
  • If you have any kind of crazy glue or other sealant that will bond the plastic to the leaking object, you can use that instead of heating up the plastic.

6. Container Garden Planters

As with building a shelter, there are endless ways to use plastic bottles for growing plants.  Here are just a few that every prepper should know about:

  • Vertical garden planters – use bottles in combination with walls and ladders to create gardens in just about any area.
  • Vertical garden wall planters – if you are already building a shelter out of plastic bottles, then you might just want to incorporate these solutions for creating a garden and also disguising your home. Who would think that a house lurks beneath a mess of wild grape vines, raspberry stickers, or even poison ivy?  Even better, you can combine these vertical plant walls with an internal layer of sand bags to make your carefully hidden home bullet proof.
  • Vertical Garden Towers – one of the best ways to grow herbs, onions, and garlic revolves around having many plants arranged in layers.  This is easy to achieve when you make some large holes in a soda bottle to that the plants can grow from holes at different levels in the container. If you have very limited space for growing indoors, a vertical garden tower may be the best way to go.
  • Self – Watering Planters – for carefree gardens indoors and outdoors.
  • Plastic Bottle Greenhouse – If you are more interested in conventional growing methods and need a greenhouse, you can use this design.  For improved temperature control, seal some of the  bottle pairs with heat from a candle so that the bottles will hold water.  Since water absorbs more heat than air, and lets it go more slowly, you can extend the growing season quite a bit using this design.

7. Drawer and Counter Organizers

Since plastic bottles come in all shapes and sizes, it is very easy to cut them down and use them as drawer and counter organizers.  If you want something a bit fancier, you can also make vertical storage trays for lightweight items.

For example, the tray system featured in the link below is perfect for storing paper clips, thumb tacks, and a number of other desktop items. This includes sticky notes and other reminders that need to be in a prominent place without taking covering up other important things.

If you need to store heavier items in each tray, it may help to use heavier washers at the bottom of each bottle.  For improved durability, it may also help to use cement in the base to reduce the risk of the stand tipping over.

Or, better yet, you can turn the base into something of a coin bank and let the weight of the coins act as an anchor for the stand.

8. Life Jacket

Life jackets and other important swimming gear are the kinds of “leisure” items that you may also forget during a crisis. Since plastic bottles float well, they also make excellent life vests.  Just make sure that you leave the caps on and do not poke holes in them.

There are many ways to join the bottles together to make a suitable vest.  In general, the more bottles you can join together, the more weight they will be able to float.  If you do not have rope available, you can use vines or anything else that will not fall apart in the water.

9. Boats and Rafts

Unless you have a large homestead with a private pond large enough for boating, chances are you do not have access to a boat that can be launched easily.

No matter whether you pay for docking at a local marina, or you must transport the boat on a trailer, it will be very difficult to manage all of this during a major disaster. Nevertheless, if you must travel across water, you won’t get very far without a boat or raft. You can build a boat or raft with plastic bottles and glue.

There are also many other materials you can incorporate into the frame in order to take advantage of the best of the materials you have on hand.

When making a boat or raft, you should be very careful about the kind of glue that you use. While many waterproof glues and epoxies will work fine in freshwater, they may not work well at all in marine or brackish water. It will also be to your advantage to use a rope or net system as part of the boat’s form so that the bottles have a better chance of staying together even if the glue fails.

10. Air Blowers and Vacuum Cleaners

In a world where electricity will be at a premium, you may still need air blowers or suction to accomplish some basic tasks. While you can still sweep the floor and get rid of cobwebs with a broom, there may still be times when a vacuum cleaner or air blower will be of immense benefit.

Here are some simple guides for making vacuum cleaners. The amount of suction produced will depend largely on the strength of the motor.

Also there more video on Survivopedia here the the link to the article

https://www.survivopedia.com/10-ways-you-can-recycle-plastic-food-bottles/

Before you throw out an empty beverage or food plastic bottle, take a look at your survival goals and the kinds of things you would like toe have onhand. From boats and vacuum cleaners to organizing tools, you can do far more than expected with plastic bottles.

Never underestimate the power of these simple “rubbish” items in situations where your life, and the lives of your loved ones depend on successfully innovating with whatever items you may have onhand. Give some of these ideas a try and you are sure to find plenty of cost efficient, effective ways to pursue prepping goals and perhaps even make your life in the pre-crisis world a bit easier.

Eco Liberty Conclusion: Survivopedia have some interesting DIY project that you can get involve with that. Plastic Pollution is a real environmental issue; recycling plastic is way to reduce them going to landfills and ending up in the sea. There also more ways to recycle plastic. Machine made to cut plastic into 5mm (1/5 inch) peaces so when the plastic peaces enter the machine that turn plastic peaces into 3D printing filament or made into plastic pellets for other uses.

the video above show machine that turn plastic into 3D printing filament

Using pallets for your garden purposes

Just to find this idea on social media I decide to cover this; because pallets has many uses. accord to this below video on You Tube from Natural Ways

Having the skills to grow your food is going to essential especially with upcoming solar minimum which we might be already in. Because grow food in the solar minimum and cold periods is going to be much more difficult especially outdoor because growing season is going to be shorter. Hydroponics and vertical farms are going to be useful technology to help us thrive in solar minimum and cold periods in the future. Those who have little to no cash you can find pallets near by and use it to make your own raised bed to grow your own garden.

How to 3D Print with Recycled Trash! | Maddie Moate

On a “Trash Walk” in Bali, Greg and I learnt that plastic trash has a value and can be sold up the chain to be recycled into new plastics… BUT we also tried something a little different! Using the Precious Plastic open source machinery we attempt to turn trash into a trash-can, using bottle caps to make 100% recycled 3D printer filament?!