Building

Practice Dome Building

An important part of taking on a project as big as a house, is to practice the building techniques you may want to use.  Our plan is to build our home out of cordwood and domes, so when we had the opportunity for the man to go help Freedom’s Phoenix …

Gardening
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Head to the Beach for Compost

We have lived in Maine for 3 years now and have not yet been to the beach.  We have been too busy working on everything to take a day or two to go to the shore.  But I finally have the perfect reason to go: seaweed for the garden soil. …

Building
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Planning our Cordwood and Dome Home

Introducing the newest page on Homestead Houligan: The Cordwood and Dome Home  In preparation for building our forever house, we spend hours drawing and calculating and planning details.  This helps to work through possible design flaws and make sure we include all the things we want.  I will continue to …

Bugs

Spring Preparations Part Two

Last week, I shared some of my spring preparations.  Well, it turns out that all we have done in the past month or two was prepare for spring.  So this week I will share more of what we have done to prepare for this year and some pictures around the …

Gardening
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Spring Preparations

  I haven’t done any real interesting projects lately due to the urgent need to improve the soil for the gardens this year and every year to come.  We are focusing right now on cleanup and garden soil.  I have been raking leaves, building compost piles, cutting the logs that …

Gardening
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Cover Crops for Yards and Gardens

We have bad soil.  The busiest project I have had so far is to try to improve the soil, especially so that we can produce food.  You can’t grow food in clay and rocks.   So I use compost and hugel beds to give the soil a boost.  But this …

Gardening
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Hot Compost (Faster Compost)

I have terrible soil.  I am hoping to make enough compost to be able to support all the garden beds I set up in the fall.  I set up raised garden beds and hugelkultur beds in hopes that they would begin to compost before I needed to plant.  However, I …

Off Grid Utilities
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Washing Laundry Off Grid

We normally have to use the laundromat for clothes washing, we just don’t have the room in the tiny house to dry all the clothes we wear.  But now that it’s nice out, I can start doing laundry here. First you get the water.  If we used the rainwater to …

Building
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Open Discussion Project: Round Wood Arbor

Happy May Day!  Have a good spin around the May pole and dance around the beautiful bon fire!  Now back to work. Thanks for all the great ideas that you posted when I introduced the open discussion project idea.  I will use this as an idea bank in the future, …

Cooking

Cast Iron Sourdough Pita Chips

Thursday Food Day! So this recipe is actually the same one as sourdough flat bread .  I am just making a couple changes to make it fun.  Fun is a necessity with young children. After I prepared the dough, I mixed cooled roasted garlic and onions into the dough.  Then I …