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Gardening

Putting Together a Hoop House

I decided that this year I finally needed to build a hoop house.  I live in New England and so I have a short growing season and need to extend it a little bit.  I don’t want to go too crazy this year, but if I could get my cool …

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Fermentation

Making Mead, Part Two

Now that your fruit and water mixture has been sitting for 7-10 days, its time to strain it and add honey and yeast nutrient.  I take a large bucket and put a strainer across the top. Then I put a piece of cheesecloth over the strainer so that all the little …

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Fermentation

Making Mead, Part One

Buying your own adult beverages can be expensive and they are generally full of extra stuff that may not be all that good for you.  Just like anything else you buy in the store.  I looked in to many different options as to what I might want to make and …

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Just Chat and Pictures
Fermentation

Making Kombucha

One of my goals for the year is to learn more about fermentation and try a few different things.  I have successfully made mead many times and had very good luck with that.  Now I want to try something new.  Fermented tea.  Kombucha to be specific.  It seems to be …

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Just Chat and Pictures

Garden in a Blizzard

Just wanted to share with everyone what Charlotte left in my garden.   Hopefully it will all melt soon and the garden will be green again. Share This:

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Gardening

Tomatoes and Peppers in a Mini Greenhouse

I know that it is probably earlier than necessary to start planting, but I have always had good luck starting my tomatoes and peppers this early.  We have had a mild enough winter here that I may be able to plant the tomatoes outside earlier than I would normally.  Not …

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Fermentation

Fermenting Foods

Fermented food is one of those things that we all eat but most of us know little about.  Bread, Cheese, Wine, Beer, Cider, Coffee, Tea, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Salami, Miso, Tempeh, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Yogurt, Kefir, Kombucha can all be fermented foods that you can make yourself if you like.  Why …

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Off Grid Utilities
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Rocket Mass Heaters

Efficiency is a big deal in everything we do.  Heating a home with oil or a fireplace is not terribly efficient though.  Definitely not efficient enough for living off the grid on our homestead.  So what should we do instead? Build a rocket mass heater of course! What is a …

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Land

Looking for Land

We are at the very early stages of our future homestead.  Actually, we haven’t even started the homestead yet because we don’t have any land.  Our major project this year is to finally buy some land after spending three years looking. Last year, we thought we had found the perfect …

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