rat snake on wood pile
April 27th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have ever worked some long hours for any extended period of time and found yourself stopping once in a while realizing it was time for a day off then hopefully you can identify with today’s podcast. Last fall I started working a second job and I was very grateful to do so. Fast forward to two seasons later with this being springtime garden season and I am ready to take a break. A break can be different things to different people. In this case I simply want a break from the normal work routine to work on getting this years garden going! Earlier this morning I found myself still with a little bit of a smile at the good fortune over the last couple of weeks. The thing is a lot of times we may find ourselves trying to stay positive when life seems to be against us. Then there are other times when things just seem to go your way which makes for an awesome day or few! Thanks to the generosity of my brother ( I still need to come up with a cool nick name for him btw), the generosity of listeners like you (speaking of the recent Gift of GoPro from Listeners), the fortunate opportunity and generosity of a good friend with my new 4 wheel drive I am really enjoying life right now. If you missed it.. THANK YOU to all! 🙂

A few days ago I opened the door to the off grid camper one morning to a surprise guest down by the wood pile. About a 5 – 6 foot long rat snake had made its way just a few feed away from my doorstep! FYI it is a great idea to use a walking stick everywhere you go just in case you run into a snake. The walking stick I like was found on a walk early this past winter. In case you are wondering the really cool looking “canes” with vines around them in the video are canes and walking sticks in the making. They have really great character. I hope you enjoy the video and thank you for listening / watching! 🙂

 

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  • Today’s lesson: Watch your step & Slow down to enjoy the good times in life too. 🙂
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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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  • 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!

 

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