Urban Homesteaders

Growing and do things the old way. Do you grow your own vege, make soap, use herbs, cut your own firewood, long for the pioneer days where it literally came from your own back yard. If you do then this is the group for you.

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Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2017

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Fermentation 17 Replies

does anyone have any idea on how to ferment foods ?I know how to make ginerbeer and have found a wonderful video on youtube that take me step by step through it...but i would luv to know how to…Continue

Started by Linda Lucas. Last reply by kiwi brown Jan 24, 2013.

Trouble rolling/flaking oats

Hello everyone,I was excited to try out my new Family Flaker Mill on some hulled oats but it isn't working properly. The roller will flake wheat and rye with no trouble so there is nothing wrong with…Continue

Tags: Flaker, Mill, Family, Flaker, roller

Started by Katie Jul 26, 2012.

Making your own home cleaning products. 14 Replies

Hi AllJust wondering if people may be able to share there "How to make home cleaning products" recipes with me.Clothes washFloor washTable polishSoap (husband has sensitive skin)Oven Cleaner (and by…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Donna Mac Rae Jun 24, 2012.

Make your own toothpaste? 5 Replies

Hi Fellow Ooooby's Does anyone out there make there own toothpaste? A friend of mine is wanting to do so but has no computer at the moment. All replies would be FABBO!!!!!! Thanks RachelContinue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 22, 2012.

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Comment by Kali on November 14, 2009 at 9:04pm
thanks for that Linda, that should motivate me! I have used vinegar as a rinse recently because my kids had nits and its supposed to dissolve the glue that sticks the eggs to the hair, it leaves the hair really manageable and shiny. I'll make a tea-tree shampoo using the recipe, for a nit deterrent,
Comment by Linda Lucas on November 14, 2009 at 8:47pm
Comment by Linda Lucas on November 14, 2009 at 8:46pm
Comment by Linda Lucas on November 14, 2009 at 8:46pm
Laundry goop recipe....

I use the recipe on this site to make laundry goop

the kids think its funny as i also use the shampoo recipe with essential oils in it
Comment by Kali on November 14, 2009 at 8:26pm
HI Linda, it would be a wrench for me to leave here, after 15 years of planting heaps of different edibles and improving the soil with our compost, seeing the benefits every year as the crops get better. this house had closely-cropped lawn all around when we bought it, now it is full of ever expanding gardens for growing food, reclaimed from the long grass...can we have your recipe for the laundry liquid? something i have been meaning to make for ages but somehow those boxes of powder seem more convenient, smack my hand! I use an old fashioned wringer machine which is parked outside, at least I can use the soapy water for a couple of loads. Just another excuse to be outside in the garden instead of inside. I have favourite tomato chutney and courgette sweet and sour pickle recipes that I make each year, and for the last few years have made damson jam from plums from our tree. The berries seem to be loaded this year so maybe we will get a few jars of mixed berry jam too, we freeze the berries by the handful in an icecream container until we have enough.
Comment by Linda Lucas on November 14, 2009 at 7:46pm
Urban homesteading who would have thought, me of all peeps lol.........with papa being ill i turn the soil over and give it a couple of days to dry the soil out so that we can tap a while think a while listen a while...we tap the soil away from the greenage that once was called a lawn now we have beds of tomatoes, cabbages, marrows, and a host of seedlings to prick out soon...guess that means iahve more beds to dig well at least another 4 more beds and thats us for a while... we put our bokashi fermentation down by our silver beet and now we have pumpkins and things popping up...I make our own laundry liquid for our clothes, papa calls it my goopy stuff... doesnt lather like commercial stuffs but it cleans our clothes and they smell fresh and clean when they are dried.. I will no doubt miss many of things that I would do from the old house making elderberry syrup for winter coughs or papa's tomatoes sauce and black currant jam...sighs I left so much behind when we moved ...oh well it gives us a chance to try new things as well as renewign old things...
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on October 27, 2009 at 10:05pm
Well, this is going to be interesting! All the pioneer spirit coming to the fore.
I grow the corn to make the flour to make the bread.
Yes, I said I was a chook in a former life. Maybe I was the Little Red Hen?
Comment by Katherine Lucas on October 27, 2009 at 9:06pm
Good idea for a group Tony. I make soap, vinegar, perserves, very interested in smoke or salt curing meat. By the way I use bought white vinegar to clean as I don't want to waste my homemade stuff. About to try a make a sour dough bread starter for the first time. Re gardening, the low temperatures are inhibating seed germation so now I am wrapping the punnets in carpet underlay during the night to see if I can get a better germination rate! I'm sure we homesteaders should be able to grow our own seedlings! Regards Katherine
Comment by Tony Lucas on October 27, 2009 at 8:34pm
My dearest, Linda and I like to do alot the old ways we grow veges, make alot of our own cleaners, preserve and bottle all we can, constantly visit the recyclers and we are now trying Bokashi composting.
We often during the summer use a hand camp clothes washer recycling the water onto the gardens. Ive recently thrown together a rain butt, hey its not perfect but it works.
No cultivators here we hand dig new and current gardens, takes time but gives a guy time to think, day dream and listen to the birds.
We occasionally have powerless days where the power is turned off between certain times to save power and Im currently looking for something to turn into a good chicken ark so we have fresh eggs. We make our own bread and we despirately want the chooks as linda makes Home made Noodles and I tell ya they taste alot different from the cardboard you get in the shops.
Ill try and update on here some of what we get up to and our adventures and misadventures as time allows. Its always on the go round here. Was even greatful for the rain today as it gave me a day off from soil breaking. Didnt stop produvtion though as there are now a few more jars of Pickled Onions on the shelf for summer.

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