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Dave writes:I have been watching your videos with great interest for a while now, particularly those you did in Grenada. There aren’t many YouTubers doing good stuff on tropical gardening and you’re one of the best, informative and entertaining to boot. My wife and I are in the Philippines on a couple of hectares adrift in a sea of monoculture GMO corn fields, swimming against the tide. I’ll spare you the details but we have put in a lot of the basics so far this past year, animals, fruit trees, nitrogen fixers, neem trees and fodder. Our dirt is maybe marginally better than yours in Alabama, heavy and clayey when wet, it dries as hard as terracotta when baked by the sun and pulverizes to the consistency of talcum powder. There’s no organic matter in it to speak of and the only thing we seem to consistently grow well are weeds. We are taking baby steps toward setting up our own program of mulch and compost production but until our trees get established enough to start pruning we’re kinda’ limited in what we can do onsite mulch-wise. So your videos on swampwater have really piqued my interest. I actually started up a batch a few days ago (my in-laws already think I’m a lunatic so this didn’t really put them off too much) and I’m really looking forward to seeing the effects. I did have some questions though. First, do you find it better to just make up new batches from time to time or can you recharge a batch by adding new material? If so, when you do so is it necessary to allow it to ferment for any length of time or can you just keep using it? And finally roughly how much area will one 55 gallon barrel service? Apologies in advance if you’ve already covered these questions somewhere else. If it’s easier just point me in the right direction and I’ll do the necessary digging. I wrote back: I found that about two weeks of rot time was usually good in warm weather. Sometimes I added more stuff to the mix and let it rot in, other times I dumped the barrel out and started over – usually when mosquitoes moved in. On the question of area, that’s a tough one. Generally I would say a barrel was needed for about 2,000ft2 of crops. I didn’t bother diluting at all with corn and bananas, since they’re really hungry, so it might take more in that case. We’d feed every week or two. It does seem to add more life to the soil. Also, if you have lots of weeds, you might consider feeding the weeds and chopping them down as mulch for your trees. Often weeds act to repair soil. There’s not a lot of testable science in the swamp water method since inputs vary so much. Sometimes you have chicken manure to use, sometimes not. Sometimes weeds. Sometimes nitrogen fixers and moringa. Sometimes kitchen scraps. Sometimes rotten fish. It’s hard to figure out exact dosages. I’ve never burned anything with it, though, so so far so good. Good luck – I hope your farm does great. What a marvelous climate for gardening! I’ve made swamp water in various ways. The original “reveal” on this method is in my popular book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting. It’s a heckuva way to feed your gardens for free.
A lifetime ago I used to fly to Dallas Texas in an executive jet from Orlando. It was a 150-minute flight take off to touch down. One could see the Mississippi river for 40 minutes. One of the first things you notice in Texas is the plants are different and things tend to be named Texas this or Texas that even if it is just a thistle. Thus that the Texas Ebony is not an Ebony is no surprise and could easily be called the Mexican Ebony. It is edible no matter what its name is.
The seeds are toasted, young pods are cooked like a vegetable. The seed coat was used for a coffee substitute. It also has edible relatives: P. lobatum has seeds that are edible raw or cooked. Young flowers, leaves and fruit are eaten. The seeds are a source of starch. The seed and aril of P. dulce are eaten and the seeds produce a useable oil. (See a separate entry for P. dulce, aka Camachile.)
The seeds of E. ebano are about 35% protein which is comparable to legumes though they are larger than chickpeas. Carbohydrates in 100 grams (before processing) are 29.36 grams, fat 28.16 grams but fiber quite low, 0.51 grams per 100 grams. That’s all about 500 calories. Cooking increases the available protein by some 12% and reduces anti-nutrient phytate 35% and protein inhibitors 96% overall increasing the nutrition. The most common amino acids are leucine, lysine, valine, isoleucine and treosine.
Originally Pithecellobium flexicaule it is now Ebenopsis ebano. As that is mostly Greek it can be translated in several close ways. Pithecellobium flexicaule is easy: Monkey’s Earring with Bent Stem. Ebenopsis ebano has more possibilities because of -opsis. That’s often translated into “view” but the original Greek means more like a spectacle, something impressive you would see on stage or the like, something that makes you go “wow!” So I’d say Spectacular Black Ebony. That’s better than Monkey’s Earring with Bent Stem.
Green Deane’s Itemized Plant Profile
IDENTIFICATION: A large tree to 50 feet, trunks up to 10 feet in circumference, branches very spiny and zig-zag at every node, dark green foliage, white to yellow fragrant flowers starting in May or June creating four to six inch pods. Hardy down to 25F, perhaps lower.
TIME OF YEAR: Pods in fall.
ENVIRONMENT: Well-drained clay, loam or sand. Full sun. Very drought tolerant.
METHOD OF PREPARATION: Seeds cooked, young pods boiled.
The same diet that helps regulate hormones in women may also reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting pollutants.
Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in women. They can grow to a foot in diameter and affect the majority of women before they hit menopause. Although fibroids tend to be asymptomatic, when symptoms do occur, they tend to manifest as heavy menstrual bleeding—so much so that women may get anemic and experience a lot of pain. So, what can women do? I discuss this in my video The Best Diet for Fibroids.
Up to half go into surgery and get their entire uterus removed. “Although hysterectomy is generally considered a safe operation, complications occur in a significant proportion of patients” and, obviously, you can’t have kids any more. The alternative is a variety of hormone-modulating drugs, which can shrink the fibroids and provide relief, but many of these drugs have significant side effects, like bone loss, so you really don’t want to be taking them for more than a few months. What’s the bottom line? “There is currently no evidence to support the routine use of medical treatment in women with uterine fibroids.” No wonder many women turn to “complementary and alternative treatments…including exercise, diet, herbs, and acupuncture.”
Women who exercise seven or more hours a week do seem to have lower risk of having fibroids than women who exercise less than around 20 minutes a day, but exercise has never been put to the test for treating fibroids. Likewise, to date, there isn’t a single randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of fibroids to help guide us.
In terms of herbs, there are two Asian herbal preparations that show promise—a five-herb combo called Guizhi Fuling and a Malaysian ten-herb formula that contains “secret ingredients” that must not be that secret since they’re just listed in the study, as you can see at 1:50 in my video—and they seemed to work as well as a leading drug. The problem is that traditional Asian herbal remedies may contain a few extra ingredients, like arsenic, mercury, and lead, which have been detected in most of the samples tested from Asian market and health food store shelves, and not just a little. Some, apparently, had really toxic amounts. So, these two Asian herbal preparations “may reduce fibroid size, but there is insufficient evidence to support the efficacy or safety of these treatments.” And, certainly, don’t try to apply caustic herbs internally, as this can lead to scarring, stenosis, and ulceration.
Well, what about diet? In one of the largest studies of diet and fibroids, fibroid tumors were “associated with beef and ham consumption, whereas high intake of green vegetables seems to have a protective effect.” The researchers figured that the “association between levels of estrogen, diet, and breast and endometrial [uterine lining] cancers also may help us understand” why. Indeed, “[f]or breast and endometrial cancers, a direct association with the frequency of consumption of meat and ham was observed…whereas protection was conferred by high intake of vegetables and fruits.” Thus, there may be these shared risk factors between estrogen-responsive malignant tumors, like breast cancer, and estrogen-responsive benign tumors, like fibroids.
We know the presence of fibroids seems to correlate with an increase in the amount of estrogens flowing through your body, for example, and that women eating vegetarian diets have significantly lower levels of excess estrogen. Researchers are using this knowledge to try to explain why there are lower rates of endometrial cancer—that is, lining-of-the-uterus cancer—and possibly breast cancer among vegetarian women, but it could also help explain the fibroid findings. “The incidence of breast cancer among vegetarian American women (Seventh Day Adventists) is 60 to 80 per cent of the incidence among American women in general, and the incidence among women in Africa and Asia is even lower.” Why might vegetarian women have lower estrogen levels? A famous study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that it was their “increased fecal output, which leads to increased fecal excretion of estrogen,” resulting in lower blood levels. Double the fecal output, in fact, as you can see at 4:07 in my video.
And, you can put it to the test. Maybe the same reason African-American women have more fibroids is the same reason they have worse breast cancer survival: too much estrogen in their bloodstream due to a less than optimal diet. So, researchers designed a study to see what would happen if they were switched to a more plant-based, higher fiber diet. Compared with the Caucasian women, the African-American women started out with much higher estrogen levels, again helping to explain their increased mortality from breast cancer. But, after they were put on a healthier diet, all of their levels came down, “suggest[ing] that a substantial reduction in breast cancer risk can be achieved” by adopting a diet centered around more whole plant foods. The same also appears to be true for fibroids, especially eating lots of cruciferous vegetables—broccoli, cabbage, and Chinese cabbage—as well as tomatoes and apples.
Women who underwent premature puberty, starting their periods before age 11, may also be at increased risk of fibroids later in life, and we know that higher childhood red meat intake is associated with earlier age of starting one’s period, though total protein and animal protein in general may contribute. For example, girls who eat meat tend to start their periods about six months earlier than vegetarian girls. Those who eat meat analogues like veggie burgers and veggie dogs start their periods nine months later on average, and a similar puberty normalizing influence was found with consumption of whole plants foods, such as beans.
It could also be the endocrine-disrupting pollutants that build up the food chain. Researchers took samples of internal abdominal fat from women and found there appeared to be a correlation between the presence of fibroids with the levels of a number of PCBs in their fat. So, does that mean fish-eaters have higher risk of fibroids? Researchers did find a small increase in risk associated with the intake of long-chain omega-3 fats, mostly from “dark-meat fish consumption,” by which they meant fish like sardines and salmon. This could be because of “the endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly shown in fish,” or it could just be a statistical fluke. It would be consistent with the increased risk seen among “sport-fish consumers.”
Recognizing that diet and endocrine-disrupting persistent organic pollutants have been associated with a variety of gynecologic conditions, including fibroids, researchers looked at consumers of fish fished out of the Great Lakes and found a 20 percent increased risk for every ten years they had been eating the fish. In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers compared pollutant levels in fat samples from women with fibroids to fat liposuctioned out of women without fibroids. They didn’t just find higher levels of PCBs in fibroid sufferers, but also long-banned pesticides, like DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane, PAHs, which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons formed when coal is burned, tobacco is smoked, and meat is grilled, as well as heavy metals, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. These levels correlated not only to fibroids, but also to seafood consumption or excess body fat. So, the researchers determined that “shedding excess weight and limiting seafood consumption would confer a protective effect” on fibroid tumor development by minimizing exposure to environmental pollutants as much as possible.
Okay, so a plant-based diet may be best, but is there a plant in particular that has been shown to be particularly powerful?
Plant-based compounds with disease-preventive properties, dietary phytochemicals are found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils, herbs, spices, nuts, and certain beverages. As I discuss in my video The Best Food for Fibroids, we know they can help regulate the initiation, promotion, and spread of cancerous tumors, so what about benign tumors like fibroids? Most anti-cancer drugs on the market now were originally derived from plants or plant products, so why not try to use plants to target the inflammation or blood supply of fibroids? Might fibroids be a consequence of chronic inflammation within the body? We know that women with fibroids are more likely to eat more beef and ham, and fewer fruits and green vegetables, but whole plant foods don’t just have anti-inflammatory effects but antioxidant effects as well. “If the generation of free radicals exceeds the protective effects of antioxidants, oxidative damage will occur,” which has been implicated in a variety of disease states, including gynecological conditions such as fibroids.
If you collect fresh fibroids, as well as normal uterine tissue from hysterectomy surgeries, the fibroid cells have significantly fewer antioxidant enzymes, as you can see at 1:20 in my video, so might antioxidant-rich foods help? Well, if you drip some strawberries onto cells in a petri dish, you can apparently kill of some fibroid tumor cells, while leaving normal uterus cells alone. But, what good does that do us? That’s only relevant if we can show those strawberry compounds get absorbed through our gut and achieve high enough concentrations in uterine tissue. The same with curcumin, the component of the spice turmeric. One of its so-called “miraculous” properties is suppressing the growth of uterine fibroid cells, but, again, that was just in vitro. Yes, an inhibitory effect was found and at concentrations that don’t compromise the growth of normal, regular uterine tissue, but my patients are people, not petri dishes.
It’s pretty neat to find out what happens to human fibroid cells as you drip higher and higher concentrations of green tea compounds on them in a test tube, as you can see for yourself at 2:19 in my video, but I care less about what happens in vitro or in mice, whether or not they have any clothes on—one study looked at “a nude mice model”—but there were no randomized, controlled clinical studies until 2013.
Subjects were randomized to green tea extract or placebo for four months. In the placebo group, fibroid volume increased by 24 percent. That’s what fibroids do; they continue to grow. However, those randomized to the green tea group showed a reduction in total fibroid volume—and not just by a little. There was a dramatic decrease, shrinking by almost a third, which is a highly significant difference, as you can see at 3:02 in my video. Okay, but did the women feel any better? Yes, they experienced a dramatic decrease in symptom severity, as well. Month after month, nothing much happened in the placebo group, but those taking the pills that looked the same but happened to contain green tea compounds had consistent improvement and felt lessening symptoms, each month better than the last, as well as an improved health-related quality of life, month after month, that was significantly better than control. What’s more, their blood counts got better too. With all that continued excess blood loss every month, the blood levels kept decreasing in the placebo group, but they reversed in the green tea group. So, anemia also significantly improved, because average blood flow significantly diminished. And, all this—the fibroid shrinkage, less pain, better periods—was achieved with “no adverse effects.”
So, not only were the results comparable to those for the drugs that are commonly used—again, without the side effects—but the results were also comparable to uterine artery embolization, where they try to cut the blood supply to the fibroid, which is great—unless they accidentally cut the blood supply to the rest of the uterus and cause uterine necrosis, one of many reported major complications. Others include death, not only of the fibroid, but also of the patient, along with other potential complications that may arise from accidentally clogging off non-target arteries. In my book, a side-effect-free solution as good as a more invasive procedure is potentially better than. The researchers conclude that green tea compounds show “promise as a safe and effective therapeutic agent for women with symptomatic UFs [uterine fibroids]. Such a simple, inexpensive, and orally administered therapy can improve women’s health globally.”
Relatively safe doesn’t mean risk-free, however. Although there were no liver function abnormalities detected, this was a small study. If you give green tea extract pills to a thousand women for a year, like they did in the Minnesota Green Tea Trial for breast cancer, the livers in about 1 in 17 women started to get inflamed and a few became serious. Now, the dose they used in this study was twice that of the fibroid study and it’s not completely clear if the pills were the only cause, but, in general, we should try to avoid extracts and instead get nutrition from foods as grown—or at least from foods as grown that are then dunked in hot water, like green tea.
The researchers had to use pills in this study, because they wanted it to be a double-blind study and it’s hard to create a placebo tea that looks, smells, and tastes like the real thing. I don’t think we should take green tea extract pills, though. We should drink green tea. The problem is that the dose the researchers used was about 11 cups a day, which would be a lot of caffeine. You could choose decaf, though, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility to drink a couple quarts of tea a day, especially if doing so may shrink your fibroids so much you can keep your uterus. But, for all we know, five cups of tea a day would work or maybe even three cups or one cup. No other dose has been tested, so we just don’t know. But, you can test it in your own life. If you have fibroids, it couldn’t hurt to add a few cups of green tea to your daily diet and see if you start feeling better.
For more on contaminated herbal products, see Get the Lead Out and Some Ayurvedic Medicine Worse Than Lead Paint Exposure.
I’ve got dozens and dozens of videos on the effects of diet on estrogens, such as:
- Estrogen in Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
- Why Do Vegan Women Have 5x Fewer Twins?
- Fiber vs. Breast Cancer
- Dairy Estrogen & Male Fertility
- Relieving Yourself of Excess Estrogen
- The Effects of Hormones in Milk on Infertility in Women
- The Effects of Hormones in Dairy Milk on Cancer
- How to Block Breast Cancer’s Estrogen-Producing
- Enzymes Estrogenic Cooked-Meat Carcinogens
- Soy Phytoestrogens for Menopause Hot Flashes
- The Role of Soy Foods in Prostate Cancer Prevention & Treatment
- Is Soy Healthy for Breast Cancer Survivors?
- What Are the Effects of the Hops Phytoestrogen in Beer?
Michael Greger, M.D.
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- 2019: Evidence-Based Weight Loss
- 2016: How Not To Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers
- 2015: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet
- 2014: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food
- 2013: More Than an Apple a Day
- 2012: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
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Living off the grid – whether by choice or by chance – is all about efficiency. You need to learn to make the most of your land, your water, and even your food waste. That’s where worm composting comes in. Worm composting makes use of mealworms and earthworms to create a valuable soil additive called vermicompost. This “worm tea” is made up of the worm’s waste as your compost exits the worms’ “tail”, called a “worm casting”. The worm tea that worm compositing generates is a very effective fertilizer, and is perfect for greenhouses and potted plants.
Before we get too far with this: don’t drink the worm tea.
That said, let’s go over a basic list of the materials you’ll need to make your own, DIY worm composting solution:
- 4x 5 gal. “Homer” bucket
- 1x 5 gal. “Homer” lid
- 1x water valveYou’ll also need some tools, like a drill, screwdrivers, glue, etc. Those aren’t included in the materials bill, obviously, since they’re things you probably have – or should have! – if you’re a serious DIY enthusiast/survival enthusiast/crafter/etc.
Install the faucet/water valve into the bottom of one of the buckets. This is where the worm tea will come out, so you want it fairly low to make the job of extracting the tea easier.Worm Composting | Step 2
Remove the handles, then drill a number of holes into the bottom of the 3x buckets that do NOT have a water valve. Once the worm composting is actually happening, the tea will drop down from layer to layer through these holes, so they should be relatively small. Smaller holes are better for the tea, but take longer to make and are a bit more high maintenance, since they can clog.Worm Composting | Step 3
Draw a line 8″ from the bottom of the 3 buckets you drilled into. That’s the fill line, and approximates the same 1:3 proportions of the “minimum cavities” left in pre-manufactured worm composting kits.Worm Composting | Step 4
To make the lid for your DIY worm composting rig, drill two holes into the “Homer” lid about an inch “in” on either side of the lid. The diameter of these should be just large enough to fit the crimped ends of one of the bucket handles you pried of in step 3. Next, drill (or cut) two more holes on the outer edge of the “Homer” lid. You should now have a lid the slides down most of the way into the bucket, covering the food while still allowing some air flow.Worm Composting | Step 5
Cover the bucket’s holes with enough crumpled newsprint to cover every hole, then spray the paper with water. You should get a “coffee-filter” effect from this one-time process, which is meant to keep the worms from falling down into the bottom “tea bucket” while the colony is establishing itself.Worm Composting | Step 6
Fill the bucket with a small layer of torn or shredded paper as bedding, then add a layer of topsoil and (of course!) worms. The paper helps to aerate the soil and keeping the worm bin aerobic (as opposed to anaerobic, which not only smells bad but is bad for the worms). Next, add another layer of paper strips and start adding food scraps like banana peels, apple cores, etc. to the bucket. Cornell University’s post on the subject says you should use “only raw fruit and vegetable scraps. Stay away from meats, oils, and dairy products, which are more complex materials than fruits and vegetables.” In addition, they recommend not using citrus fruits, which could attract fruit flies. Place another layer of shredded newsprint in between layers of food waste.
With enough worms and shredded paper your DIY worm composting kit should smell more rich and earthy, not rotten and gross. That’s especially good if, like many urban homesteaders, you have to live close to your garden on hot days.Notes
I would love to give proper credit to the photographer in this post, but they’re listed as “Guest” on a three-year-old post. That said, there a number of more detailed, high-resolution images where I found them, and you should definitely check them out if my instructions are too vague. If you want to skip the DIY worm composting angle and pick up a ready-made worm composting kit, the Worm Factory kits are all-inclusive, and can usually be found for about $100 and up.
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Cornell University, Pittsburgh Permaculture, the Worm Factory.
Five years ago we escaped the United States for the tropical Caribbean island of Grenada.
For a while, it felt like we’d found paradise.
My YouTube channel grew, my family grew, and I got to play with all the tropical crops I couldn’t grow in the states.
After living as renters for three long years, we bought land and built cabins.
And then came the coronavirus… and our island became a prison. Our neighbors became unfriendly. Anti-white sentiment rose. The grocery stores closed. The airport closed. The churches closed.
And we were stuck on our land, surrounded by people that didn’t want us there. Our visas were not approved as they had been in previous years and the government officials treated me like dirt.
By God’s grace, a friend found a way to charter a flight out… and we decided to leave everything behind, including the land and houses and gardens we’d worked so hard to build.
August 24th, 2020, we flew home.
I believed five years ago that the US was doomed. I believe it now as well. But our path is apparently to be here as it happens, rather than among foreigners, watching from afar.
We tried to escape and worked our hardest to make it stick but it became impossible. And I am glad to be home with my own people.
After leaving the US, I took to calling May 3rd “Freedom Day,” since it was when we escaped… but it turns out, we didn’t, as the problems in the US echo around the world.
Freedom from tyranny and oppression may not be possible in this world. We have to serve a higher authority for ultimate freedom. We may not be physically free, but we can be spiritually free.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-36)
Times are going to get tougher, but we will ultimately be free. I am not peaceful about where things area headed, but I pray we will all face the trials with courage and faith.
There are many things to be thankful for.
A nice house and land to rent
A loving wife
A godly brother and sisters
Encouraging readers and viewers
A good church
A mostly free state
Blueberries and blackberries to forage
Babies to garden with
A working van
A quiet neighborhood
A loving mother
…and a lot more.
God is good. He has His reasons for everything. As a child he set me free from ignorance and sin and adopted me into His Kingdom.
His name be praised.
While social media has the potential to shape and influence children, it also has the potential to cause great harm. Social media and children's mental health are intricately intertwined and can be damaged. From the physical dangers caused by devices to the emotional dangers of online vulnerability, there are a lot of reasons to be wary of mixing social media and children.
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If you’re ready to take on a new project, why not consider constructing a pole barn? This type of building can add some much-needed storage space and covered area to a residential property. Unfortunately, due to the scarcity of information regarding pole barns, few individuals take on such an ambitious project.
Anyone who digs a little deeper will realize a pole barn has the potential to add versatility to your life. With so many iterations and strategies to choose from, conducting proper research is half the battle.
This post-frame construction has been around for centuries. With a dependable history, pole barns are a proven structure. What distinguishes this structure is the fact that it relies on posts as a framing member. The posts are buried in the ground and act as a solid foundation.
The reason people choose this type of structure is its cost-efficient and time-saving assembly. Pole barns, also known as pole buildings, are structures even beginners can execute to perfection. Omitting a concrete foundation will save you a ton of money, and allow for placement flexibility.Important Details to Consider When Building a Pole Barn Pole Barn Size
We’ve established that pole barns are cost efficient, have a simple construction method, and offer placement flexibility. The next aspect to think about is size. Figuring out the appropriate size is tricky. Due to differences in land availability and usage, there is room for interpretation.
Identifying square footage is the key. Pole barns effectively cut down costs. However, this is only true if materials aren’t wasted on creating a larger space than needed. On the other hand, you do not want to end up with a lack of space. Identifying the proper square footage based on usage is highly recommended.
The 12-by-24 pole barn plan size is relatively standard. It is ideal for anyone looking to use the structure as a workshop. We can certainly see this size expanding if the structure is used for robust items. For example, fitting a trailer or a few horses will require a 40-by-60 pole barn plan. The good news is that you can always expand on your structure (of course, expansion will eventually cost more).Types of Material to Use
There are two primary materials used in constructing pole barns: wood and metal. You can use one of these two types exclusively, or you can decide to implement both. Using pole barn kits can facilitate the construction process.
Essentially, pole barn kits are packages that come with most of the material you’ll need to set up the barn. Pole barn kits make construction easier for beginners. As we all know, not everyone has a knack for building; pole barn kits come in handy.What You’ll Use the Barn For
Perhaps the most significant feature of pole buildings is the versatility of use. Truthfully, we can use pole barns for just about anything. These structures are essentially an extension of your home. Sure they can be used for storage, but they can also be utilized for many other things.
Suppose your hobby requires a dedicated space. Using a pole barn as a workshop is highly creative so why not build one? Artisans will have ample room for tools and equipment, and musicians can jam out in peace for hours on end. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
We can also use pole barns as garages. That may be a less traditional option, but due to the depth and height, pole barns can be the perfect option to house a car or large RV. Another great idea is using a pole barn as a horse stable. Your horses will find joy in how warm this structure can be during the winter months.
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Sticking to the idea of offering a warm place to stay, pole barns can also be used as a place to hang out. Due to the ample amount of space, these structures offer a proper getaway for anyone in need of a break. For this purpose, individuals will want to seek out pole barn plans with living quarters. Ultimately, pole barns are incredibly versatile. It’ll be up to you to decide how to make the most of the structure.Free Pole Barn Plans to Consider
Building a pole barn can cost a lot of money so it is always lovely when the plans are free. Below there are 20 different free pole barn plans that may just work for you.University of Tennessee Multipurpose Barn Plans
These PDF plans provide accurate details. As a multipurpose barn, it is meant to be large enough to offer fantastic versatility.Find the plans at UTKDairy Barn Plansphoto courtesy of Barn Geek
This plan is ideal for housing a small number of animals (it isn’t big enough for numerous cows). Extra room for feed is also taken into consideration. You can even find a nifty hardware kit to facilitate the process of post application.Find the plans at Barn GeekHay Barn Plans
The hay barn is one of the larger structures on this list. Its majestic beauty is unrivaled and offers an ample amount of square footage. The plans are incredibly detailed — and a little challenging to read.Find the plans at Cobble LumberNorth Dakota University Pole Barn Plans
The directions may seem a bit complicated due to the format of the document. However, you can benefit from creating a wonderfully designed, 2-story barn to meet your needs with some added effort.Find the plans at NDSUDrop Down Barn Plansphoto courtesy of BuIld your own
This pole barn is unique in that the dropdown plans detail a barn with less cover than traditional pole barns. It is recommended to utilize this type of barn for agricultural purposes.Find the plans at Build Your OwnRun-In Shed Plans
This option is evidently storage based. Suppose you’re having trouble maintaining an organized living space. A run-in shed can provide additional storage. Removing the clutter from your existing area is always a great idea. With these simple plans, storing things like hay or grain is relatively easy.Find the plans at The Barn ToolboxTools for Survival’s Barn Plans
This is quite a large barn with a post side shed included in the plans. Contrary to traditional PDF plans, the instructions are incredibly legible.Find the plans at Tools For SurvivalOpen-Front Clear Span Barn Plansphoto courtesy of cps
This style is perfect for housing animals especially in warm climates. Due to the barn’s relatively open nature, anyone operating in cold temperatures may want to consider a barn that offers additional protection from the weather.Find the plans at CPSSimple Barn Plans
This appropriately-named barn utilizes simple pole barn plans. The plan is as straightforward as it can be, and the instructions are highly detailed and in depth. You’ll have a great looking barn up in no time. Consider purchasing pole barn kits to make assembly even more manageable.Find the plans at Pole-BarnCozy Barn Plans
When crafting a DIY barn, this may be the ideal post size for beginners. This 16-by-20 pole barn is sure to fit everyday surroundings. Opting for this plan will save you the hassle of having to find additional space.Find the plans at My Outdoor PlansRon Fritz Pole Barn Plansphoto courtesy of 3d warehouse
This plan requires the use of a free program called SketchUp. Downloading this program is certainly worth it. You’ll be rewarded with the floor plan to a uniquely beautiful barn. You can even make changes to the look via the program.Find the plans at 3D WarehouseSmall Barn Plans
This miniature barn is ideal for anyone working with limited space. The barn occupies a 12-by-16 area which will cost considerably less than the average-size barn we’re used to seeing with 12-by-20 pole barn plans.Find the plans at My Outdoor PlansLSU Barn Plans for Heavy Snow Areas
There is no better barn to choose if your climate offers persistent snow. Being prepared for these conditions is always a smart idea.Find the plans at LSUGarage Livestock and Grain Plans
This style will please those looking for something less barn-like and more home-like. The lack of a traditional aesthetic is a welcome change of pace, and the modern barn has a great look to it.Find the plans at The Barn ToolboxLean-To Shed Plansphoto courtesy of my outdoor plans
If your wish is to maximize square footage, this is the plan for you. With this shed being 12-by-16 feet, the plan details a spacious design. Unlike other large barns, this one keeps its visual appeal.Find the plans at My Outdoor PlansCanadian Storage Barn Plans
This plan specializes in the storage of large vehicles or tractors. Machinery storage is made simple with these beautiful barn plans. Storing animals and grains alongside machinery is also recommended.Find the plans at CSBEIowa State University Barn Plans
These 15 plans offered by Iowa State University, focus on utility barns. ISU is an excellent resource because they share plans of different sizes. Whether you want to build a large or a small barn will be entirely up to you.Find the plans at IASTATETraditional Pole Barn Plans
The traditional barn plan keeps it simple. The design is basic and avoids any flair, but it does get the job done. Each post can be mounted firmly on the ground.Find the plans at How To SpecialistTractor Pole Barn Plans
We know that pole barns are incredibly versatile. However, we still see them implemented for a specific use from time to time. This unique barn is used for storing tractors.Find the plans at Extreme How-ToWoodbury Pole Barn Plans
This small barn can be used to store equipment or can be utilized as a workshop. There are plenty of high-quality photos that will inspire you with the end product. Put your spin on the barn by choosing a unique exterior finish.Find the plans at Todays Plans