Gardening

Tips for Buying Garden Seed

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Outdoor Building
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Storage Tent Collapse

It has been a long, busy winter so far. The solar power has not been enough to really use my computer at home with all the dreary and snowy days. It has been increasingly difficult to get to town to use the internet at the library to post even comment …

Gardening
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Building Giant Hugel Beds

One of the projects I am the most excited about is my giant hugelkulturs. This is also one of the projects that will take the longest to complete, if it is ever complete. I want to build a hugelkultur bed all the way around my lot. Almost like a fence, …

Cooking
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Sourdough Biscuits Made in Cast Iron

I was really excited about making sourdough bread after I successfully brought a sourdough starter to life.  It sat in the sunny window and then warmed by the fire.  It was bubbling away and I was smelling it a couple times a day to see what was happening.  Once it …

Off Grid Utilities

Keep the Fire Burning

Much of the winter is spent keeping the wood stove hot. We rely on the wood stove for our heat, hot water, cooking, and anything else we might need some fire for. We try to keep it going all the time so we aren’t constantly restarting it, but we don’t …

Cooking
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DIY Sourdough Starter

  Happy Thanksgiving!  While we are on the topic of food, I would like to complain about it for a second.  I always have a hard time finding recipes and methods for cooking when you have only a small wood stove to cook on.   I know there aren’t huge amounts …

Off Grid Utilities

To Move a Wood Stove

We built this house very rushed. It was October and already the air was a little too crisp to be sleeping in a tent without heat. We hurried right along and got in to the house just in time, but in the rush there were a few things that could …

Gardening
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Compost in Beds

I left off, quite a long time ago, talking about how the soil at my place was close to worthless. Clay and rocks and very acidic. Far from what I will need to be able to grow a years worth of food for a family of four. It is getting …

Gardening
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Raised Garden Beds and Hugelkulturs

Now that I have figured out that I do not have good soil, I have to start getting ready for next year.  I have picked out a few places where I would really like to put garden beds.  If I can get the raised beds layed out, I can start …

Cooking
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DIY Rocket Stove

Now that we have a kitchen with a roof and some water, we need to get cooking.  The stove that we thought would work best in our kitchen was a simple rocket stove.  The one that we built was simple, but cost us $60 for fire brick.  We spent the …