As many of you know, I enjoy a bit of GIY!
Now, I don't believe in buying every little thing from a supplier, quite the opposite, I believe in buying the bare minimum. My own personal interest isn't based specifically in the survivalism relm, but it is intended to be as self sufficient as possible.
So to get the ball rolling, I'm going to quickly detail some of the DIY things I do, I won't go into detail but if you want to know more about something, please ask and hopefully we can get a DIY gardening discussion going!
1. Here's how I analyse my land:
Squeeze test: This includes digging up some soil and squeezing it, depending on how the ball holds/ falls apart, this will indicate the type of soil.
Fertility test: Dig a small hole, look for soil helping organisms eg. worms.
Look at what grows naturally, eg.nettles indicate fertile soil which has many nutrients.
Drainage: Dig a hole, wait for rain . You can fill the hole with water, however this does not mimic natural drainage as the quantity of water is likely much greater than rain.
2. Helper plants / other stuff!
Comfrey: I have a main plant which I grow in a large pot in the greenhouse (this is my main plant), children plants are planted at the sides of the compost bin to drink up the nutrients which are leeched from the bin. Brilliant for fertilizer, tea, compost activator etc.etc.
Nettles: I have a nettle patch growing, I grow them in an otherwise unusable patch in the garden. Brilliant for making liquid fertilizer.
Compost Bin: need I say more?!
A drying system for grass/weeds: As anyone with a compost bin will know, its hard to get enough brown material, I made a raised bed with old pallets, which I fill with grass cuttings, pulled weeds etc. This is covered by 2 old glass patio doors, this creates a drying box to dry out these things before using them as brown matter for the compost bin.
Homebrew fertilizer: Many 2lt milk bottles, brewing nettle, comfrey and tea fertilizer.
Rainwater harvesting system : In the pipeline, currently have 2 old wheelie bins which are awaiting the transformation into this. plus 1 blue barrel.
I also have a few "experiments" growing in the garden, but thats for another post!