If you only use water once - Cooking, washing dishes, washing clothes, and showering - then you are wasting an opportunity.
I want to optimize my homestead so I'm looking for ways to reuse my resources. When using water a second time (called greywater - dirty water from washing dishes then goes to the garden irrigation lines) you double the amount of water you have.
The potential problem comes from using soaps that will kill your whole garden. Salts, chemicals etc can kill bacteria and plants and leave you hungry.
Im starting doing research into how to clean my dishes and clothes while still using that water for greywater irrigation under my plants. This is copied from: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/plant-friendly-soaps-are-safe-greywater-irrigation
There are a variety of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to survive. In a desperate situation, if you are eating and miss out on these, you can die of malnutrition. (That's not good).
If you're planning on living off-grid, think of it as a long term survival scenario. You need to ensure you're getting adequate food, water, rest, shelter, etc. But you also need to break these down and make sure you're getting the right balance of nutrients to sustain yourself long term.
Earthen Floors, Clay Floors, Adobe Floors, Mud Floors; let's cut the crap. They're just dirt floors.
They're really cool dirt floors...
Before you pick which plants you want to plant on your homestead, take a moment to do some homework about what kind of environment they like and what their needs are.
The first step is the Plant Hardiness Zone. This is a map that takes into account the average annual extreme minimum temperature of a location to determine which plants will live there. (Does it get too cold or not cold enough)
This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. So a florist designed a way to grow trees (and plants) in harsh climates using these energy-free buckets that protect the plant and slowly water the plant to give it a 90-95% chance of survival.
If you're growing trees in a dry environment, cold environment, or just want to increase yields and survival rates of your plants, invest in a couple of these and you'll be happy you did.
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