prepping off grid wood core garden bed
April 1st, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s video episode of the Off The Grid Podcast ventures out into the forest collecting wood, bags of leaves, digging a trench, and yes making a wood core hugelkulture garden. Living off grid has many benefits and also many challenges as well. One of the challenges of not being tied to municipal water supply quickly becomes apparent if you enjoy gardening. Most traditional gardens require you to water almost daily. If you want to have a garden off grid then you will need to explore other options when it comes to keeping your garden watered. Hugelcultur or wood core garden beds are an excellent alternative to traditional methods of gardening because they require substantially less watering. If you have been following the podcast you know that I tried this thinking outside of the box idea several years ago. At the time I was living in the suburbs with an average size back yard. I was absolutely amazed at just how little water the garden required ( I only watered the garden 3 times that year!) Fast forward to this year being my first year gardening off the grid and it was a no brainer that this is how my garden would be done this year. Today’s video of the off grid hugelkulture wood core garden is more or less a compilation many clips I videoed over the last few months. Preparing the wood, soil, compost, and collecting numerous bags of leaves from the side of the road is all about to pay off with this years garden. Later on I will be posting longer videos showing each step of the process for the off grid hugelkulture garden. For now please sit back and enjoy a quick snapshot of all my hard work up until this point. lol If you would like to view this video on YouTube check it out here. 🙂 As always if you have any questions, comments, or feedback for myself or the show please email me anytime! Thank you for watching!

 

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take out the trash
September 17th, 2015 by Off The Grid

A very good day to everyone out there in podcast land tuning in to today’s show! Something hit me last night as I stepped into the off grid camper. It was a pretty bad rotten smell. At first I thought it was time to change my compost bucket toilet so I swapped it out for a new one with all the fixings. The “fixings” are a mixture of cedar shavings, aspen bedding, and good smelling coffee grinds to help absorb moisture and odor for my little off grid toilet. The next morning I woke up to the same nasty smell. It turned out to be the trash. Now keep in mind usually if your living in the average white picket fence house the trash might smell a bit but usually your in and out of the kitchen fast. When your living in a monumentally smaller space like a medium sized camper you can not escape your responsibilities. Essentially this is right along the lines of a tiny off grid house size wise.

Living off the grid you need to be innovative and efficient especially when it comes to the importance of maintaining a sanitary environment. Today was all about taking out the trash and cleaning up first thing this morning in the camper. Waking up to the fact that your humble dragonfly in camperabode all be it a tiny home stinks to high heaven is a stark reminder to take out the trash. I started by sweeping the floor and was done in no time at all. I would imagine most any camper, RV, or other tiny house would be just as easy to sweep. Next up was to take out the trash. The trash turned out to be the culprit for the offending odor. As mundane as it sounds this is a very important part of feeling good when you come home to a welcoming environment. Again when its time to take the trash out you will know it!

Flowing to the lighter side of living off the grid the morning was had a few simple pleasures for those with senses to appreciate. A little dragonfly flew in to check things out for a while. If you have been following Off The Grid Podcast you know I love to cook. Today I was multitasking both cleaning up inside the off grid camper and making breakfast. If you want to hear the making of a granola Power Pancake recipe listen to Episode 40 of the podcast. If you want to try making it yourself visit the Cast Iron Cooking page to get the recipe.

 

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