DIY and Practical Self Reliance

Here you will find tips, ideas, and advice on living a DIY and practical self reliance lifestyle. 

Whether you want to grow and preserve your own food, live a healthier life thanks to natural products and ingredients, embrace self-reliance by living off the grid, prepare your family for a power outage or other emergency, or simply want to “do it yourself” at home, then you’ve come to the right place!  We want all of those things too, so let’s learn together.

what is witch hazel for
DIY Skills

What is Witch Hazel For? Make Your Own Useful Extract

In this blog post, we will answer the question what is witch hazel for as well as other questions about this valuable herb.  We will explore what this herb is, what it does, how to use it, and even how to make your own witch hazel extract. 

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salve recipe
DIY Skills

Amazing Homemade Antibacterial Salve Recipe

I’m about to show you how to easily make a homemade antibiotic salve that not only has an antibacterial effect but also antiviral, antifungal antimicrobial properties? It’s pretty fantastic! Try this amazing salve recipe today!

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mason jar
DIY Skills

Easy DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and have access to fresh, organic produce year-round. This craft uses common household items and can be done in as little as one day!

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The Outdoor Apothecary


  • The Outdoor Apothecary

    Barbi Gardiner is a bioregional herbalist, gardener, forager, modern naturalist and creator from the “quiet corner” of Connecticut in what is known as The Last Green Valley - the largest stretch of dark night sky in the Northeast megalopolis corridor. She is of Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck, Polish, and Scandinavian descent and is committed to reviving the plant knowledge of her ancestors. The Outdoor Apothecary aims to inspire people to return to their roots, rewild themselves with nature, and rediscover the joy of living a simple life.

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