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.
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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!

 

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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. 🙂
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levi in the woods
February 19th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcasthugelkultur wood from forest is more of a quick update. I was running short on time because I spent a little more time than planned out collecting branches and tree limbs from the woods.. then veering off to explore a bit! If you have been keeping up with the recent shows you have heard me mention I am going to need a lot of downed wood for the garden. Wood in the garden you ask? Yes. This year I will be making some hugelkultur beds in my garden (buried rotting wood, twigs, and branches) so everything I can scrounge up from the hugelkultur wood from the forrest 2surrounding forest will be made good use of! Last year I ad high hopes that my garden would be big, productive, and good eating! Unfortunately as the year went on I found myself easily overwhelmed with everything that needed to get done. First and foremost was simply getting out here off the grid. The camper needed much more work than I anticipated so the garden quickly got out of control and hard choices had to be made. Fast forward to this year and I am eager to have a bountiful garden this year. A few years ago I integrated a couple of no till hugelkultur beds into my garden. That was in the suburbs and after a few strange looks I had a wonderfully successful harvest from the garden that year. This is why I have been collecting so much wood from the forest.. I still need and want to get a LOT more!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you know what is coming then do what need to get ready now!
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