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Building

Stumps and Rocks

The first area that I will be adding will be the water room. The rain barrels will be set up here, and so the sink will be nearby, and the next room over will be the bathroom. They need to be close for water access and for grey water drainage. …

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Building

Getting to Digging

The ground is just thawed and dry enough to get in some digging on the sunnier days. I have a lot of digging ahead of me, and I have to take all the time I can get. An addition will be put on the house, including an up grade to …

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Off Grid Utilities

Sand Filter Diy

Filtering water is obviously very important. We started out with a Berkey water filter as it was the best one we could find. Six years later, we still use it, but want to make the routine a little smoother. The water that goes into this filter has to be clear …

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Gardening

Win Seeds from Houligan Seeds

In order to help get the word out about Houligan Seeds, I’m having a giveaway! Each new follow, like, share, comment etc. on this post, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram gets you an entry for 9 packets of tomato seeds saved here on the homestead! One winner per site. Winners to …

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Cooking
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Feed Yourself: Flour

Part of the idea of us living on this homestead is that we be able to feed ourselves without much money. We aren’t yet to the point where we produce alot of our own food, so we need to learn to eat basics on a budget. Flour has proven to …

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Building
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Additon Step 2: Make a Flat Spot

This is the second area I am flattening out for the addition. The other side was put up in a hurry, so I forgot to take pictures. Obstacle 1 on this side is the tree stump. Obstacle 2 is the gap alongside the house. I stacked rocks to form a …

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Gardening

Seed Saving: Tomatoes

Once you pick a beautiful, ripe tomato and start munching away, the seeds will start falling out all over the place. They are slippery and slimy and make a big mess when you really are enjoying your fresh, juicy tomatoe. Clearly not hard to find seeds here. But what do …

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Fermentation

Compost Tea

Compost tea is a simple way to make your own rich, all organic fertilizer for all of your garden. Here is how I make mine: I started with a bucket full of compost. I filled the bucket to the top with water. If I happen to have some dirty dish …

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Outdoor Building

Addition Step 1: Move Annoying Boulder

Step 1 for the new addition is to move an annoying boulder that is sticking out of the ground at a 45degree angle.  I had an idea that the rock was flat, so I figured I would give it a go.  First thing I had to do was to dig …

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Building
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Change in Plans…Again…

We have been hard at work on the cordwood house for a couple a months now.  Although it appears to me as though we have hardly been working.  Everything is moving painfully slowly and outside situations keep putting a hold on the the build for one annoying reason or another.  …

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