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The 5 Gallon Bucket Book

5-Gallon Bucket Book
This is quickly becoming my favorite go-to book for anything and everything that can be done with a 5 gallon bucket. Of course, I already was familiar with the composting toilet, the washing machine and the planters. This book contains more than 50 projects for around the homestead (and the home) that can be completed with 5 gallon buckets! Including a trash compactor, wine rack, and toddler swing.
I have currently gathered supplies for making the manual washing machine – handy for the rv or any off-grid situation, and the rolling composter – a design that I think is much more efficient for our rving homestead. I just need the time to make them. Be sure that I will be posting pictures and such when I do! Inspired by, but not included in the book, is a design for a spin-dryer for clothes, that I am going to experiment with. Details to follow when I get to that one.
All the projects in the 5 Gallon Bucket Book come with detailed instructions and lots of pictures. Also supply lists for each project and how it is supposed to work and be used when it’s done. Many of the projects are perfect for off-grid applications; some use electricity.  The 5 Gallon Bucket Book is a great investment for any do-it-yourselfer looking for more economical solutions to everyday issues in the home and garden. With this book and a few simple tools, you can make dozens of practical upgrades to your homestead.
The 5 Gallon Bucket Book, by Chris Peterson                                                                                                                                             (c)2015 by Quarto Publishing Group                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9780760347898/5-Gallon-Bucket-Book.html                                             Paperback, $19.99
Thanks to the good folks at Quarto Publishing for providing me with a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review.

March Already?

It’s March already! Where did January go? February? The Homestead has soaked up a good deal of rain and snow this season and we’ve collected as much of the water as humanly possible with a 5 gallon bucket system. Guttering all flat surfaces has suddenly moved way up on the priority list. We’ll post pictures and updates on our progress.

Spring lambing/kidding has officially started with the arrival of 2 doe kids, courtesy of Big Red (toggenberg/nubian mix). Big Red’s momma Jenny was a great milker, but Big Red is too wild. Hope is that one or both of these girls will inherit Jenny and Big Red’s milk capacity, and with regular handling will become prolific milkers in their own right. Daddy’s Alpine strain mixed in should help. Hope springs eternal.

The Homestead goes back to the schoolroom this month, to discuss how we’re handling reading readiness in our homeschool.

Spring is bursting with new fragrances for our Homespun Treats like Jasmine Rose, Lemongrass and our NEW BUG FORMULA. Votive candles are now available scented. We’re working on a line of costumes for re-enactors which we will post in the store as we get them going. Starting with the colonial era and civil war/fur trade era, we hope to also add in some renaissance and other styles as we go.