August 10th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are like me you enjoy gardening as well as all the fresh fruits and veggies each season. Over the last few months I have been fortunate enough to have my first “off grid garden”. Gardening can be challenging at times. When you add in the fact that I am right in the middle of mother nature’s back yard with all the woodland creatures big and small along with a whole plethora of insects this year of gardening beside the off grid camper has been a learning experience to say the least. It seems that my countless hours dragging fallen tree limbs from the forest, gathering bags of leaves from the side of the road, and overall preparing the off grid wood core (hugeukulture) garden bed has really paid off! Still with all the critters and sometimes relentless summer heat is seems as though some of my garden is heading down hill.

The tomato plants are really heading out fast. My cucumbers are for the most part done for this season. All of the okra is going crazy! Unfortunately fortunately they are growing so fast that I keep missing them when they are small enough to pick for good eating. When I got back from my road trip to Pennsylvania it seemed like the 2 foot long beans just grew overnight. The pepper plants on the other hand have really made a comeback! I planted a couple varieties of bell pepper but they did not make it. The Tabasco peppers are doing great and I also have another variety that is doing good as well.. did I mention that both of these are HOT!!!!??? Anyway.. if you have not already listened to today’s podcast please listen for more on this. Also look forward to either the next video episode or the following week where I will share my recipe for an awesome super healthy spicy vinegar with a kick to it. Its great for adding to any dish you like with vinegar.

*** I forgot to take a pic of the garden but will upload one tomorrow!! 🙂 ***

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you are growing new peppers in your garden be careful before taking to big of a bite into a potentially very HOT pepper!!
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vdeo show 130
July 21st, 2016 by Off The Grid

Living off grid has taught me a lot. Sometimes in our busy day to day lives we can forget to appreciate the little things in life. I invite you to take a few moments out of your day to watch today’s video and simply slow down. Enjoy a couple of the simple moments that I observed out here in and around the off grid camper. Join me as we check out the wasp farm right outside my kitchen window. Next we step outside to look up at the treeline with a beautiful blue sky backdrop as the birds chirp happily on this fine summer day. Then walk with me out to view the off grid garden marveling at just how wild the okra, bean, pickling cucumber, and tomato plants are getting! Yup. It occur to me that I still find myself stopping once in a while to look around to enjoy the little things out here. Mother nature has so many amazing critters, creatures, and insects all around us. All we need to do is stop to appreciate it every now and then. 🙂

*** STAY TUNED at the end of the video for BONUS footage of a Snake Shedding Its Skin!! ***

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Look around once in a while! Stop to enjoy the little things in life.
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picking okra
July 19th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join me today as I get back to the off grid camper talking about my homemade AC cooler, gardening, and coping with summer heat. As you may know I have been house sitting quite a bit these last few weeks. It seems like going back to a live that most people quite frankly take for granted left me in the same spot.. Honestly I got lazy while enjoying the AC on brutally hot summer days, cooking like civilized folk in a “normal” kitchen, and just plain relaxing in front of the TV with a good movie. In case you are wondering NO I do not miss the urban city life. I very much enjoy being out in nature with the peace and quiet that only the birds, bees, and rustling trees can bring. I do however very much want to stay comfortable when the elements are extreme though. So take a listen as I revisit the idea of putting my homemade AC unit cooler to use with a couple of slight modifications to the design. As the birds chirp happily up in the trees recording today’s episode of the podcast got difficult as the off grid camper began to quickly heat up. As always thank you for listening and if you have any questions, comments, or ideas to share please post or email me. 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Its easy to get lazy when your life is easy. Get up and make the life you want because each day you are either taking one step toward or away from your goals.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
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  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
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  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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garden nome knome
June 30th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are a regular listener to the Off The Grid Podcast you know that the last few weeks there have not been any shows posted. Hopefully most of you realized from the last episode that I was house sitting. Well.. back to the SHOW!! lol Today’s show was recorded on the grid as I reflected back at the full circle so toon grid garden drip irrigation speak from right about a year ago. House sitting was in essence like a vacation for me because out here in my normal environment things most people take for granted like on demand power and running water are luxuries for me. lol The off grid camper is a very humble albeit simple abode. It is smack dab right in the woods with a beautiful view of mother nature. Now lets step back a moment.. or about a year to the stark contrast of life in an average suburban house.

Middle class America certainly has its major advantages when it comes to the way we lived 100 years ago.. but at what cost? Yes the standard of living is arguably much better across the board for most Americans. The thing is that with all of our modern technology, endless distractions, and mindless obsessions with the constant upgrades while keeping up with the Joneses we have become blind to the beauty that quite frankly is right under our nose most of the time. There is an almost unfathomable amount of beauty and wonder in nature all around us. No doubt you have heard me speak of our “concrete jungles”. Despite the efforts of our modern advancement into what once was mother nature’s back yard there is still amazing life everywhere. Its kind of like when there is space between plants in your garden.. something will begin to grow there. cool catThe last couple of weeks I wasted a lot of downtime watching TV. Oh sure I saw some awesome movies and zombie shows that I have been wanting to watch. The thing is they call it “programing” for a reason! So I challenge you to take a break from the TV or whatever it is that you feel you spend more time wasting time. Even if it is simply sitting down outside all by yourself under a tree while the breeze gently whispers in your ear. Even if you can’t make it outside until later when its dark outside.. go look up at the stars and take in the magic of a twinkling star while the world goes to sleep. Even if it is simply doing.. Ok you get the picture. The point is for you to go out and do something that most of the time you only look at from the edge of your comfort zone while never taking time to pause.. and realize that the life you have been given is a gift. Don’t take that gift for granted. Enjoy some of the simple things in life and pause when you can to appreciate the beauty all around you that often times is right outside your window. 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When it comes to downtime like watching TV for example remember moderation is always a good rule to follow. ..Its called “programing” and “the boob tube” for a reason. Don’t turn into a boob! Get out and experience the joy of life you have!!!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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walk around off grid garden
June 3rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Join me today for a walk around the camper to see this years off grid hugelkultur garden. If you have been enjoying the audio podcasts this video edition is for you! For the last number of months I have been working on prepping the hugelkulture wood core garden bed. In the last few weeks I have been putting up the fence around the camper, planting okra, tomato plants, peppers, beans, and other gardening projects.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you want a bountiful garden start early and plan ahead.
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  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
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June 1st, 2016 by Off The Grid

As the dog days of summer make there way ever closer the cooler temperatures are becoming few and far between. This past weekend was of course Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully you have a great weekend and enjoyed a good cookout or spent some time with family and friends. I ended up working most of the weekend. Monday I did a lot more work but I don’t really consider working out here on the off grid sun breaking free clouds treeshomestead to be work. It rained off and on most of the day. Despite all of the rain I still went outside and worked on the off grid garden planting okra, extending the fence, cooking out, working on my homemade wing chun dummy, and washing my truck! Yes I got a lot done despite the rain!!!

Stay tuned for Thursday’s show to see video of the progress out here in the off grid garden. You will finally get to see a lot of the projects I have been working on outside the off grid camper. Last years unbearable summer heat really made an impression on me. The hot humid temperatures of late summer can be extreme. This is why I have been working on as much as I can when the temperatures are still tolerable.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Opportunity ~ Try to make good use of your days with tolerable temperatures even if its raining!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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tomato plant in hugelkultur garden
May 11th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Now that spring has sprung and hotter summer days will soon eclipse the pleasant temperatures mean one thing.. Its time to get the off grid garden going. For the last couple of months I have been working here and there on prepping the Hugelkultur or wood core beds for this years off the grid garden. Yes I know most people with green thumbs like to do the traditional garden methods. The thing is that out here where water can be a premium that means you need to think ahead and be smart about water conservation.. especially when it comes to watering the garden! I still need to get the rain barrels set up. This would be the perfect opportunity and time to set them up. Spring time rainy season is indeed great for collecting rainwater for the garden!

Just like water it seems time is also at a premium right now in my life.. spare time that is. As it turns out for whatever reason it seems as though something strange is in the air. What do you mean you may be asking? Well in observing many ( I do mean MANY) of the friends and family in recent months seem to be experiencing great changes in their lives. Its almost as if the universe were a river and people were tiny pebbles, rocks, and large boulders all being affected by the changes in different ways. I won’t get into the deep philosophy here but it looks like the spring of 2016 is ushering in more growth than simply in the garden.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: In the growing seasons of life be it in the garden or stuff you are going through try to learn and grow from experiences both good and not so pleasant.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
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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!

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Video can tell and show a lot more than audio alone.
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wood core garden beds
March 22nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is all about getting things started for this years Hugelkulture wood core beds in the off grid garden. For months now you have heard me talk about collecting lots of tree limbs, branches, and organic material from the surrounding forest. In my travels on the road I have also managed to amass a small collectionchicken quesodias rocket stove of about 35 bags of leaves an pine straw. Why all this organic material for the garden you might be asking? The more the better! lol 🙂 Several years ago a friend of mine who has been gardening for 70 plus years taught me the traditional way of gardening. That summer I would go and help him in the garden as much as I could. That was also my first year with a decent size garden. The year before that I started out container gardening in half barrel size yard planters with bamboo. Beans climbed up to the surrounding fence and took it from there. Each year was a huge learning experience and I was loving it.. and the amazingly fresh food! The year after the “traditional” garden I took a leap of faith and tried something called Hugelkultur. If you are wondering what is Hugelkulture or hughelculture then you are not alone. Hugelkultur is essentially soil covering wood core beds with plants or your garden planted right on top. The wood core bed(s) can either be above or below ground. The first year I tried this I only had to water 3 times that year. Yes seriously! 🙂

What are some of the benefits of a wood core Hugelkulture garden? Aside from not having to water as much the decomposing tree limbs and branched become this really nutrient rich and moist soil for the plants growing above to tap into when needed. Wood core beds can either be made by digging a trench and burying old rotting wood or by piling dirt up on top of a pile of branches. The first year I did this it was amazing! This years off grid garden just makes sense to take this approach because of the fact that it requires so little watering if done right. The 35 bags of leaves will be used in large part to create a 4 – 6 inch mulching layer to also help keep the moisture in the soil. After researching and trying this kind of gardening a couple of ways it was clear that mulching made the difference. The only other note I would make is that everything I have heard about Hugelkulture wood core beds say that for about the first year the wood core beds will need to b amended with nitrogen. This can easily be done by planting clover, beans, peas, or legumes that help to naturally put nitrogen into your garden. The wood core garden beds become like a battery of nutrients of sorts.

Today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment of oil pastels mural artthe Off The Grid Podcast takes us back about 30 years ago to the year 1987. I mentioned in the show that the mural was made in 1986 but it seems that nearly 30 years has caused me to forget a year. lol None the less today’s item from my special time travel box is a mural I made when I was a kid in elementary school. You made a mural? Yes even as a kiddo I was full of life and a strong creative spirit to do something great in this world. The mural is about 4′ foot by 8′ foot. The overall main theme and oil pastels mural art signedappropriately named title is “I love to doodle”. The medium is oil pastels for the most part with the basic sketch done in pencil. As a kid when I came up with the grand notion to crate a mural I quickly found out that this momentous task was more than I knew at the time. Back then I was just like any other kid. I rode my bike around the neighborhood, went outside when the weather was nice, and played with everyone else at playground.. but this mural taught me a few lessons early on in life. A big one was that even if you take on a large task and may not feel like seeing it through sometimes you just have to see your way through to the end. I will leave the rest for the show today for you to year. Thank you again for continuing to listen! I appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Sometimes when you take on a huge project you simply need to focus and see it through to completion because in the end you will accomplish great things.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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time travel tuesday car fire
March 16th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are like me you are probably looking bags of leaves garden mulchforward to springtime.. a lot! Sure we all love the warmer weather but if you have a green thumb or love to garden then this is the time of year you wait all winter for! I have a number of times in recent shows that my collection of found twigs, branches, and yes even trees from the surrounding forest have been piling up outside the off grid camper. I have been gathering as much as I can for this years wood core hugelkultur garden beds. One thing I have not talked about so much but quite possibly equally as important is the nearly 30 bags of leaves and pine straw I have been collecting as well. Most nights at my other job I keep an eye out for bags of yard waste (fall / winter leaves) to use for the top layer in my garden. Its kind of funny when you reallywood for garden think about it.. I have heard in many other countries fall leaves are prized for garden cover material. The top layer will be instrumental in keeping moisture in the found for the plants in this years off grid garden by the camper.

Today’s show is being posted late at night so I will try to keep the type portion of this episode brief. The pics for today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment should at the very least be a little something different. For episode 4? of Time Travel Tuesday we travel back in time about 15 years ago. When my car went up in flames years ago I learned one of the most valuable lessons to date when it comes to basic safety on the road. ALWAYS have at least one fire extinguisher in the vehicle at all times! This lesson can also be applied to just about everywhere else we spend out time.. at home, work, and even out camping would be a good idea. Yes its true pictures are worth a thousand words but if you have not already heard the story then tune in today for the wild Time Travel Tuesday segment as I tell the horror of seeing my new car going up in flames as fire trucks roar down the road to put the dragon out!

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Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: As a safety precaution always have at least 2 fire extinguishers in both your home and vehicles you drive. Fire safety tips for living on and off the grid. 🙂
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
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