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How To Be Self-Sufficient: DIY Baking, Crafts, Gardening And More (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/16/10 09:53 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

From Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More!:

More and more families and individuals are being drawn toward a lifestyle that is greener, cleaner, and more aware. We want to know where our food is coming from, even be able to touch the dirt that it springs from, if possible. We want our children (or nieces or nephews or godchildren) to understand that eggs come from chickens--not just from cardboard cartons on supermarket shelves. We love the idea of building things with our own hands, of picking our own berries, of making fresh bread and spreading it with homemade butter. We are, in short, longing for self-sufficiency.

Whether we live in the country or in the heart of New York City, there are many easy ways to incorporate independent living practices into our daily lives. Here are ten simple ways to engage in self-sufficiency, wherever you live.

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Start A Kitchen Herb Garden
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Herbs will thrive in containers if cared for properly. To start your own kitchen herb garden, poke holes in the bottom of any container (if they’re not already there) and fill the container three-quarters full of potting soil. Bury seeds about an inch in the soil, leaving a couple of inches between each seed. Add water until it begins to seep out the bottom. Set in a sunny place, such as a windowsill, and water every few days.
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