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Gardening

Filling The Garden Trench

My goal this year is to work really hard on getting enough production from the garden that I can put away a decent amount of food. In the past, I have done some pickling, canning, and fermenting, but no large amount of food from my garden has ever really been …

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Building
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Scrapwood Greenhouse Build

While drinking my coffee one morning, I realized that my tiny house was overrun by seedlings that weren’t getting enough sun. I had no choice, really, but I didn’t have the funding for a greenhouse. I did some scrounging and found and old roll of plastic sheeting and I had …

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Just Chat and Pictures
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The New Homestead Houligan

The homestead is growing and changing, so the blog will be too. With the kids getting older and more interested in everything going on, I don’t have time to write worthwhile posts much these days. However, Homestead Houligan will continue on. It isn’t that I will never blog again, but for now, …

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Building

Fully Flattened

The first step for the addition is to flatten the area, as I have mentioned before. However, the steps are overlapping here for us a lot. There are a few steps that are close to done as well, but the flattening is all done. There were stumps and Rocks all …

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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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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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