So, I heard a "tip" from the country folks. Word is, put an aluminum can in with a hot fire, about once a month, and you'll never have a creosote build-up problem. I tossed one in there a little while ago 'cause it was getting pretty clogged, and I did hear lots of crackling and … Continue reading Creosote remedy, wood stove installation, thimble assembly.
Now for a big project. We decided, after we made that huge mess during the freezer dig, that we needed a place to store all the tools, supplies, and other random things. Since the house wasn't an option, and certainly not the horse barn, the only solution was to build a shed. We checked around … Continue reading Time to Build a Shed.
In the winter, we remove the gutters from the edge of the roof because otherwise, the snow will rip them right off of there anyway, and then we must get new gutters (or bend them back into shape so that we can use them again...) Also, as the snow falls off, and melts, it forms … Continue reading Solving the problem of melting snow with a French Drain.
We decided we were quite sick of hauling ice from town every couple of days for the igloo coolers in which we keep our perishables. Mostly, its melon and greens, but we do have some cream cheese and yogurt and, of course, beer, which is enjoyed very much when its ice-cold, and the one drinking … Continue reading Homestead Refrigeration, hand-dug-style!
What's with all this reclaimed wood!?!? Its called old growth forest. I mean, there's nothing left of the original forest, so we may as well use the boards that were made from it. Though weathered, the cedar used for this station is extremely dense, and has very tight grow rings. They don't let 'em get that old anymore... … Continue reading Building knee-up, dip, and pull-up station from reclaimed wood.
Everyone is all crazy about beer and wine--both rather intricate, easily-messed-up processes. Often, the learning curve is steep, with mixed results, unpredictable flavors, and long waiting times (with wine, at least.) Anyone who knows a hobby beer-brewer has probably seen their plethora of equipment as well! Such a costly investment. Now, you can also make … Continue reading Lilac Meade ! ! !
As stated in the previous post, we began building by making Cedar 'X's. The reasons for this are that we keep wildlife in mind, looking far into the future and planning for the fences' eventual decomposition far in the future. Barbed wire, though quick to install, is a huge hazard for wildlife, whether you continue … Continue reading Continuing work on the Buck Fence. (A more in-depth process review.)
So, now we are building a fence to enclose an upper pasture. The reason this fence style was chosen is to that it will rot away in the future, rather than leave dangerous barbed wire all over the place (humans are so inconsiderate...!) So, here we are, tons of cedar posts ready … Continue reading Cedar “X” style fence.
Yes. A millions times yes, and we are working on one now!
As part of a contract job, my WWOOF host Jonathan was requested to design and construct a worm bin composting system and to document the process for a blog post. Worms are excellent composters and soil builders; the worm castings they create (also known as vermicompost) are nutrient-dense and wonderful soil conditioners. In addition, the liquid “compost tea” that is produced can be drained from the bottom of the compost and is outstanding in its ability to suppress fungus as well as being a perfect low-strength fertilizer for seedlings.
The small-scale worm bin system we constructed is perfect for composting kitchen scraps and can even be kept indoors. We built a two bin design in order to be able to easily harvest the compost out of one bin by drawing the worms to the other bin with food though a simpler one bin design is more common and may be…
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Packrats, known to science-savvy folks as woodrats, are notorious for getting into ill-frequented areas of your home or surrounding buildings (or maybe your car, or maybe even your Tiny House...) and creating what is called a midden. It is basically a pile of sticks, bones, and other materials collected from the surrounding twelve feet or … Continue reading Packrats and neighbor-friendly release strategies.