preparing for tropical storm
September 3rd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you live on the East coast of the US then you probably already know about the tropical storm. Out here in the off grid camper I need to take extra precautions. When you are living in a shelter that is not quite as solid as a traditional house that means you better know when to bug in and when to bug out or you may find yourself in a bad situation. Luckily it looks like this weekends tropical storm should be on the mild side. One danger to watch will be watching for tornadoes. At least that was one thing the weather report / forecast said to keep an eye out for.

One main thing that I built that needs to be taken down getting ready for a stormis a large lean-to on the side of the camper. I took 4 small tree trunks and leaned them up at about a 45 degree angle on the east side of the off grid camper. Then I tied a huge tarp over them. It acts like a giant shade / roof on the side of the camper that blocks a good portion of sun during part of the day. There have many dog days of summer that I have been very grateful to have it! With the threat of a potentially serous tropical storm on the way I wanted to make sure this did not turn into a huge sail that could possibly break any of my windows or do other damage. Aside from that most everything else has been moved so that it won’t fly around to much. It looks like hopefully this will not be that bad of a tropical storm. Here in Virginia most people are used to hurricanes and tropical storms. Unlike most people I am um.. living off grid in a camper so storms and sometimes crazy weather mean paying attention a little more.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you know a storm is on the way try to prepare early!
  • 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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more logs from woods
March 4th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The clouds of winter are parting as I have been feeling very fired up lately with a renewed sense of optimism for the future. If you remember last year about this time I was going through some rough times in almost every aspect of my life. At the same time I kind of felt like the days were counting down to sort of like waitinglevi artwork in anticipation for Christmas in getting my future off grid camper out here. Little did I know my journey had just begun in more was than one. With this being episode 101 of the Off The Grid Podcast I have been feeling increasingly energized these last few days with the fact that over 100 shows are now under my belt. Looking back there have been many challenging days. Every one just like each new day offers not only the opportunity to learn but also personal growth as a person. One big lesson that seems to have slowly made its way to the surface of my mind is that it seems like I have been spinning my wheels a lot of the time. Yes.. literally at times while unknowingly mudding in my little Geo Metro! Ok so that was a joke but really did happen several times. Seriously though.. this last year it seems as though I have been spinning my wheels in a financial sense. Half the time I had the money and half the time I had “time”. Unfortunately I rarely had both. So this has lead me to an epiphany of sorts that the time has come for me to ask for your help. I am working on creating a Patreon campaign. What is that you may be asking? Patreon is a platform that bridges the gap between content creators and those wanting to help support them. It is for artists, musicians, and content providers of all kinds. As I mentioned in today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast I will be creating one soon so please stay tuned for more info. Until then if you would like to help support this show please help me spread the word by telling a friend or taking a moment to rate the Podcast on iTunes! Thank you again so much for listening! I really appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Every once in a while look back at the last year of your life then go forward with a clear view of what you want to do. Get fired up!
  • 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!
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financial aspects living off grid
December 9th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode I wanted to touch on some of the financial aspects and factors to consider when living off the grid. They say that if you want to be financially independent is only takes three things. Avoid debt, live on less than you earn, and invest the surplus. If you are new to this whole thing but have been following along you know my journey has been an adventurous one! The colder months it seems have brought some financial pitfalls for me which have caused me to re-examine certain money related factors that should be considered when moving off grid. In business the fall and winter months usually mean a slower season with less profits. When your income is directly dependent to the economy that means your income slows down as well. Before I took a deep breath and jumped head first into the off grid lifestyle I tried my best to be prepared financially. For years I kept an eye out at local flea markets, yard sales, and online deals on things that could be used once I was off the grid. Solar panels, deep cycle batteries, garden tools, and various building supplies were among the many money saving items I found. This was one way I saved a lot of money. The thing is that no matter how much you prepare there is always something unforeseen that you will need or want to make your life easier off grid. Here are a few questions to ask yourself or you and your partner should be asking when considering living in an off grid house.

  1. How far out from civilization are you. This affects not only the money you spend on gas but also the amount of time you spend driving.
  2. Are you completely self sufficient, mostly dependent on the outside world, or somewhere in between? This will affect how much money you need to factor in for everyday items like food, water, fuel, etc.
  3. Do you have access to the internet? With today’s modern ecommerce world this could be a major factor if you make a living online for example. If you do not have internet how will you connect to the net? This also adds up in fuel cost if you need to drive to and from.

All of the above questions are kind of basic thoughts we should all be asking ourselves if wanting to live off the grid and even more importantly to address if you are already living off grid. These were only a few questions that came to mind when thinking about some of the financial aspects of living off grid. What did I miss? What else should be taken into consideration for someone wanting to or preparing live off the grid?

Long time listeners will know that while this whole journey for me not been that long I have still had many ups and downs. Life is full of ups and downs with many opportunities to learn if you are sharp enough to pay attention. A while back I was lucky enough to have come across a couple of interviews with a guy by the name of Jon Acuff. He wrote a book called Start. In his book he talks about the five “lands” that every successful life goes through. Those (5) lands are 1. Learning, 2. Editing, 3. Mastering, 4. Harvesting, 5. Guiding. In a way I feel like my choice to go head first in a mega crash course with this journey from suburbia to an off grid lifestyle has been sort of like visiting all of these “lands” at the same time. Why would you want to do something like this? By this I mean living with no power or water in a camper among the trees in the woods with the birds, the bees, and little critters?

The knowledge, skills, and things that you learn can not be lost, stolen, or confiscated.

Several years ago I watched a video on YouTube about a couple that was preparing to live off grid in a house they were building in a remote location. The man spoke a few words that rang true in my mind so I took note of them. He said that we get conditioned to believe that how we live is ok. You pay for everything to come into and go out of your home. You pay for the water to come in then you pay for the sewage to go out. You pay for the food and other things you buy to come in and then you pay for the garbage to go out. You pay for electricity and everything. That video made me think even more so about how our modern society has evolved to where it is today. Couple that with the fact that we are essentially 2 generations from being self sufficient and you have a recipe for massive social dependence on a financial system that is not sustainable. This is a tangent that I could do a whole series of shows around but we shall save that for another time. The choice to learn as much as I can as fast as I can with all of the successes and failures along the way is by choice. While I am not financially independent I have managed to slash most of my bills. With no nest egg set aside I am taking the opposite approach to saving. As usual I am exploring the unconventional to learn as much as I can for this off grid lifestyle. All financial factors aside I would ask you to consider taking the path less traveled once in a while by stepping outside of your comfort zone, trying something new, and invest in yourself by learning a new skill or few. Enjoy the simple pleasures. Cherish the good times. Try your best to prepare for hard times. Learn as much as you can. Keep an eye out for deals along the way. Align your future self with the wisdom, knowledge, and skills learned thus far in your life. In the end what you learn will help you to be a better version of yourself both financially, and who you are as a person as well.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you are going off grid try to save as much as you can before you do.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Link to the Cool group on FB for those interested in Practical Self Sufficiency & Off Grid Living
  • 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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buddy heater vs wood stove
November 24th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you have ever had to go without heat for any length of time during winter or an icy cold spell then you can identify with what I was facing this last weekend. With Thanksgiving fast approaching and the colder months now upon us life here in the off grid camper just got a bit colder. I have been making slow progress with installing the pot belly stove. Saturday was really nice outside but they were calling for the temps to plummet down into the 20s on Sunday so I was getting concerned about having no heat yet. On Saturday I went head on taking the cabinets out of the kitchen making room for my wood stove in the off grid camper. With a new space cleared for the pot belly stove I hit the road in search of the vent pipe and needed attachments for the installation. Surprisingly the big box stores did not have what I needed. While I was in the area I visited some friends and picked up some free ceramic tiles so it was still a good trip. I spent the rest of the day and night insulating several key trouble spots on the camper’s exterior that were drafty. With my LED headlamp on I was diligently working until just after 2AM considering a backup plan just in case I could not get the wood stove in on Sunday.

Sunday morning I woke to a stark drop in temperatures, the scattered patter sound of cold rain drops dancing across the ceiling above, and the shifting winds curling the tarp off the roof. Waking up to a day like that was not one I was looking forward to because the icy cold rain made most of the day a bit uncomfortable knowing I had no heat inside the camper. After calling around and realizing my hopes of enjoying a nice warm night next to the wood stove this weekend inside the camper were fading i went to plan “B”. It was time to get serious about buying a heater for the camper. Thanks to some of you guys I decided to get a Mr. Heater Buddy 4,000 – 9,000 BTUs because of its reputation and safety features. The Buddy Propane Heaters have (2) key selling points for safety features.. 1. They have an automatic cutoff if the heater tips over and 2. they also have a low oxygen cutoff built in as well. If you know anything about heating small spaces carbon monoxide poisoning is one main thing to keep in mind. They say CO2 can be the silent killer because you can not smell it. So needless to say when I figured out that I the wood stove was not going to be a go this weekend I went with plan B and bought on of these little propane heaters. It really made my night as sat in front of the warm glowing Buddy Heater reflecting back at the weekend’s challenging moments. So the next time you find yourself face to face with what ever difficult times life has in store try to make sure you are prepared with a backup plan “B”.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Always have a plan “B” Life’s more challenging seasons and times can be tough.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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morgan silver dollar pocket watch
November 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This past week a theme seems to be reoccurring in my daily life about making the best use of time. With winter fast approaching and this being my first year off grid in the camper I am quickly realizing that I am just not ready! Hello once again and welcome to another time saving episode of Off The Grid Podcast.. well um kind of. OK so let me explain the premise for today’s show. The last few days at work have been challenging to say the least due to a last minute rush on someone else part trickling over into my life causing undue stress and food for though about the whole “use of time” thing. At least it gave me a hard but long overdue reminder in a lesson I had forgot long ago.. but that is a story for another time. Combine that with a few other moments still lingering from this past weekends lesson of collecting firewood and you have what in my mind is the universe trying its best to tell me something. It is time to kick things in gear and be the Ant not the Grasshopper!

Hopefully most of you are familiar with the old story of the Ant and the Grasshopper so I won’t waste our time explaining that one. 🙂 Last night after getting in late I put my trusty LED headlamp on and set to work getting everything outside of the camper ready for the following days forested rain. Putting my dusty brown work gloves on is always a sign that work was about to begin here off grid in and or around the camper. Grabbing two ten poles I had a large tarp up across the roof and was at ease knowing that at least some of the minor leaks would be avoided this time. Next item up for business was to straighten up a little around the camper in order to make space to get a few things out of the path of next day’s rain. With several trips the recent items from my lost and found box of camping items from springtime were once full again. The large black storage tote was emptied so that everything could dry out. It was ironic that everything was going back into the tote to keep dry. lol Sure enough it is now the next day and it has been raining all day long! I woke to the sound of rain drops across the roof so making good use of time the night before was well worth it. If you have not already listened to the episode for today’s Off The Grid Podcast I was running late this morning so time was on my mind again. So if this show was a little short that was why. Next time will be better and more thought out you guys. Until then stay safe, try to use your time wisely, and have a good one!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Time is one thing you can never get back so use your time wisely! 🙂
  • If you missed it here is the link to the Funny Preparing For POO video mentioned in today’s show.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • 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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collecting firewood
November 18th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If you ever had a solid old wood stove, enjoyed cold winter days inside by a warm crackling fireplace, or went camping long enough to make an open fire hopefully you had the privilege of gathering your own firewood. This weekend was all about collecting firewood. I took a good walk down the path outback of the camper and into the woods in search of downed trees that would be suitable for burning in the off grid camper once the wood stove is put in. After an exhausting time dragging downed branches back to the camper I realized that this was yet another stepping stone in my learning curve here on the off grid journey. Despite your efforts or just how much you think you will get done it is slow going! Yes a lot more firewood will be needed! This weekend’s work made it clear that I have a lot of work ahead of me if I am going to survive the unforgiving winter weather and stay warm until spring. This still being mid November temperatures during the day here in Va. have been very nice and quite mild. In contrast the nights have been getting cooler with the lowest to date in the lower 30s. This next week the at times wildly unpredictable weather man is calling for temps to dip into the upper 20s. Yikes that will be cold! Time to kick it into gear if I am going to stay warm this winter. This weekend’s mini adventure through the woods yielded two bonfires next to the camper under the stars (one on Saturday night & another on Sunday night!!).

“The man who chops wood heats himself twice”

Luckily I have the fortune to wind up with great neighbors and thanks to them I got my work cut out for me chopping and cutting more winter firewood. On Sunday my neighbor invited me over to collect downed tree limbs that were waiting to be found among the camouflage bed of fall leaves on his property. After an hour or so of good conversation and dragging branches out he fired up his backhoe stopping to fill off grid fire pitthe front with the first round of this winter’s firewood. Some of the larger pieces were exhausting and the slow ride down the way back to my camper in the life sized large yellow kids toy was fun to say the least. lol You remember that TV show The Wonder Years? The old theme song came to mind “have a little help from my friends” as I was steadily sawing away at the pile of branches the neighbor brought over. If by chance you are reading this thank you again. It was a huge help and I am grateful! If you ever had the opportunity to find, gather, or otherwise collect your own firewood you know it can be a lot of work. It was a very satisfying feeling as the sun went down looking around at the firewood that had been cut for the off grid camper’s future wood stove. One of my favorite quotes came to mind several times. “The man who chops wood heats himself twice”… between the good days hard work and the quiet time each night under the stars reflecting in front of my fire pit I now appreciate the saying that much more. My first winter here off the grid is coming up fast! I hope I can keep up with the cooler days by at least keeping warm chopping firewood. The colder days will soon be upon us all so now its time to remind myself of the ant and not wake up as the grasshopper! lol 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Stocking firewood for the winter is a lot more work than you would think but well worth it!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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firewood space camper
November 5th, 2015 by Off The Grid

The fact that it is now November is the calender’s way of reminding us all that cold months are on the way and the time to get prepared for winter is NOW! Last episode I responded to some of your questions comments, and feedback but forgot to address one.. Tom emailed and asked about some backstory to this whole journey off the grid thing, guy living in a camper, and with no power or water. After thinking for a moment I realized that I forgot to talk about some backstory so it was added for you in today’s show. If you are new to Off The Grid Podcast then please take a listen to this one for a better idea about my journey from the suburbs to here in the woods away from utilities and civilization to an extent.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”

The other main topic for today’s show is all about how I am getting ready for winter out here off grid in the camper. When all of this began it was super cold.. fast forward a few months and then it was crazy hot! This is where my story began with the camper and the podcast beginning a journey smack in the middle of summer months. With the turn of the month November is simply a reminder that despite the warm weather here in Va. the cold months are almost upon us. I am indeed getting ready for winter out here both inside and outside of the off grid camper. What am I doing to get ready for winter you ask?

  1. Firewood – I have a small woodpile going with plans to selectively cull, chop, and collect more wood from the surrounding land.
  2. Pallets – Now that I have a reliable source for pallets I have been recycling those incredibly useful wood things. Why pallets you ask? They are primarily being used for kindling firewood. Pallets are also a great source for building materials Check out episode 67 & watch video of my solar heater project. I also used some of them to complete a small spplace for firewood camperace in the camper to hold reserve firewood. (see today’s featured image) No need to go outside when its crazy cold & let all the heat out!
  3. Insulation – I still need to fill in every single crack, crevice, and hole that might zap my heating efforts with a steady cold draft. Also I am going to try my hand at building a basic frame with either plastic or recycled windows around each of the camper windows. That last idea came from a listener just like you! Thanks for the email Carl!
  4. Painting – I have seriously been thinking about painting the camper. Painting a slightly darker color would allow for collecting more solar heat from the sun, look a lot better, and could be camouflage as a bonus! I will also be putting another 5 gallon bucket of printable rubber on the roof. This would also give me more solar gain because it being rubber.. is black in color so it should heat the camper roof quite nicely.
  5. Solar Heating – I already mentioned the solar heater project that I’ve already started. Yes it is a big one. At about a 45 degree angle with an 8 foot by 8 foot solar collector made mostly from recycled materials. It should provide a majority of my heat needs during the day when the sun is out. The solar heater project will have 2 thermal batteries (55 gallon rain barrels), hold 2 large solar panels providing electricity, and several glass windows collecting solar heat into an air circulating system for the off grid camper.
  6. Wood stove – I recently acquired a small pot belly stove that is technically a coal stove but should work fine for small pieces of wood as well. While not the best way of heating a small camper it should take the edge off the cold for about 3 or 4 hours at a time.
  7. Propane Heater – I forgot to mention this one in today’s show. Brian emailed with great info on the Buddy propane heaters. Yet another great suggestion from a listener just like you that I will be purchasing soon because on their low oxygen sensor cut off feature. Living off grid in a small space like a camper, tiny house, or log cabin means never forgetting Safety First!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Even if its nice outside in November winter is still on its way so get ready now!
  • As a quick reminder to new listeners. Episodes are posted twice a week: Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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Survival Preparedness off grid guy
September 4th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Good morning everyone in podcast land! How are you doing out there off the grid? This is a question I have been getting a lot lately. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to address some concerns and point out the fact that I am doing very good out here off grid! 🙂 It seems to be coming more from people that I interact with on a daily and weekly basis. To be fair most of the people asking are friends and family that care about my well being. It has now been about 2 months since officially being in the camper. You can tell that when they ask how I’m doing off grid there is a look of genuine concern on their faces. The thing is most people forget that it really was not that long ago that we all lived this way. Roughly two generations ago our grandparents simply knew this as a normal way of life. Nowadays we call this way of life being prepared.

There are many varying degrees of survival preparedness. You can be a hardcore survivalist on one end of the spectrum. Or you can be just getting back to basics so to speak by finding your way to some of the old common sense survival preparedness ways from not long ago. No matter which way you look at it when your living either on or off the grid we are all preppers. If we just choose not to be prepared like a majority of modern society the um.. “sheeple” in my opinion are just being unprepared by choice or poor preppers lol. Bahhhh! 😛 If our grandparents did not get ready for spring, tend their gardens, and chop wood for winter then they were in for a tough year. Survival is hardwired into our DNA and it should be common sense but our modern culture has sometimes vilified being prepared.

As I grew up I observed my mom with her unconventional ways and my dad some years fiddling in the garden. Like a seed planted long ago most of that influence did not take hold until late in my life (the last 5 years or so). My mom gave me a Solar Living catalog that opened my eyes to new technologies like solar panels, solar projects, and alternative energy applications for daily living. Early on my dad fixed a 9V battery connector by taking a 9 volt battery apart. It was through the early examples of applying the brain to think exercising critical thinking skills that I was given that spark of creative curiosity. Fast forward to today and here I am taking a journey off the grid living in a camper documenting everything so that hopeful someone else can learn from my experience as well. I wake up appreciating each day reminding myself just how grateful I am to have this opportunity to spread my wings and fly. If a bird is never allowed to leap out f the nest nothing can be learned and it will never fly. It is only through hard work coupled with successes and sailors that we grow. If you take only one thing from today’s show please know that if this is something that you want to do you can go off the grid just as I did. It doesn’t have to be they way I did but know that you can do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it. Living off grid just happened to be my path at this point in my life’s journey. Your just lucky enough to have stumbled upon my early days when things were / are rough at times! lol 😉

If you are listening to today’s episode then consider this a big thank you for listening to Off The Grid Podcast while keeping up with things so far. The podcast has really been going good with new listeners checking out the shows! A few of you have started reaching out with some very useful info and feedback that has helped me out a lot here in the camper! Things can sometimes be challenging for us all and when we as a community start to share knowledge everyone benefits. There truly is strength in numbers. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you listening to these early episodes of the podcast. You make the difference because my journey is still in the very early stages. Without you I would only be a single voice deep from within the woods, speaking into a microphone as nature says hello, and quietly posting into the vast unending space of the internet not knowing if it was ever heard. And yes that is a lot of space! LOL Hmm.. which brings to mind if nobody is around to hear a tree fall does it make a sound? The world may never know. 😛 Until next time remember its not what you have its what you know. Stay safe, follow your dreams, and don’t forget if your going off the grid take your thinking cap as well! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Dare to have the courage to follow your dreams & don’t forget your critical thinking skills!
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please post and share them here or Contact me!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please Subscribe and rate the show!
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August 12th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This episode of Off The Grid Podcast I was out recording live at the land just after working on this years garden. As always life doesn’t stop and today was another busy day. Lets see.. where to begin? My uncle came out and tilled the garden area allowing me to get begin preparing the garden area. For my first year off the grid I would be celebrating with a 20 foot by 60 foot garden. Yes that is big! lol

I went out to my friends house where most of my belongings were stored and found my deep freezer unplugged again! I was PISSED because this was the second or third time that I went to visit and my deep freezer was unplugged. This time was different because the deep freezer had been without power for several days if not a week. Did I mention I was PISSED?!?!?! I had a lot of grass fed beef, non-GMO food, 4 free range hens, and a number of items I had canned myself. I had several jars of homemade chicken / turkey bone broth and homemade freshly frozen pico de guio (spelling?) salsa from my garden last year.

As for this years garden I have been adding layer after layer of organic fertilizer, crumbling rotting wood, cardboard and anything else to help add fertility to this years summer garden. This years garden was going to be my biggest yet! I planted a few garden veggie plants but most of the work was basically preparing the off grid garden. After today’s long day of working out here on the off grid land I began to wonder is I have bitten more off than I could handle. All you need to d is just remember to take things one day at a time.

Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • Want to learn more about gardening off the grid? This site has some great innovative gardening ideas: Permies forum
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