Just a thought but it looks like earth bag construction would be a great way to go. If you have a high water table you should be able to build at ground level and then add earth on top. Google earth bag construction and take a look
I put raw chicken, bones and all, in the dogs bowl. Dog eats chicken =very happy dog because he digests most of it and gets wonderful enzymes and stuff. rawfed.com
Also works well with fish, rabbit, squirrel, beef, lamb, pig, frog, goat, deer, etc.
OK I get the whole horse poo to heater fuel idea. Would it work use a piece of 4 or 5 inch diameter heavy wall pvc pipe, fill it with poo, compress it, then push it out and dry it? You would then have a log in whatever length you would prefer.
My son gets terrible cancer sores and his dentist says to use nothing but "Listerine" He just dips his brush in it and brushes his teeth then rinses with the "Listerine". Dr says that baking soda is too abrasive and shouldn't be used.
I don't know if this is where it belongs but I came across this tip and have been using it for over a year.
grate one bar of fels naptha soap and dissolve it in 4 cups of water on the stovetop. DON'T LET IT BOIL OVER!
in a 5 gallon bucket add one cup of WASHING soda and 1/2 cup of borax with enough warm water to dissolve it.
once everything is dissolved add it together and add cold water to fill the 5 gal bucket.
This will need to be blended (I used an electric drill with a paint stirrer) the next day. This stuff is a concentrate and should be mixed in a recycled laundry soap bottle 50/50 with water.
Use it just like any other laundry liquid. We use it in our front loader machine and it works wonderfully. The bar of soap could also be Kirks Castille. I think you could even use homemade lye soap. There are a couple of options for fabric softener too. 1. White vinegar. Use like any other fabric softener liquid. This is what we use and it works very well. 2. put one bottle of liquid fabric softener into a 5 gal. bucket and top it off with water. mix it up and throw in a couple of sponges. Squeeze out a sponge and throw it in like a dryer sheet.
Both of these are great money saving ideas and I hope in this economy it helps just a little.
I live in NW lower Michigan a little south and west of Traverse City. The building codes are a pain in the rear end. The winters are cold and the growing season is short and unpredictable. I've seen killing frost in June. I have had such bad luck growing a garden that I have just given up. It costs me more to grow one than it does to buy the food. The reason the homes are so affordable right now is because nobody can find work. Businesses are closing left and right and people are fleeing. This is a beautiful place to live but you better have a good job lined up already.
I know this is an old thread but nobody answered you. This is first time here so to me it is a new thread. I often make my own suet cakes. I just melt the fat in a double boiler and when it turns liquid I add stuff like birdseed, maggots or other larvae, dried fruits, or anything your birds would appreciate. I then pour into a cardboard box lined with tinfoil. Let it cool, cut and serve. The birds love it.