As 2012 comes to an end, I guess it is time for me to take a look at the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year. It is only through reflecting on our goals that we know if we are progressing.
Grow my tomatoes from seed - This was the first goal that I met. I decided that I wanted to actually get some tomato plants from seed instead of the spindly little plants that I usually grew. I started out with a good soil mix and planted into soil cubes made from this. My tomatoes this year did very well. They had well developed stems and roots when I transplanted them into the garden. The soil cubes ensured there was little transplant shock. In the end they provided many tomatoes. I canned the majority of the fruit. Continue reading
Regular readers know that I listen to The Survival Podcast. For the not so regular readers, this isn’t about the whack job survivalists that run off to the mountains of Idaho to live in seclusion. It is mainly for prepping for the likely disasters that happen to regular people. You know the stuff, loss of a job, loss of a family member, power outage, natural disasters, that sort of thing.
Anyway, Jack Spirko has launched 13skills.com which is geared to get people to learn or improve 13 skills in 2013. These can be skills related to pretty much anything. There are people that want to get their concealed carry permits, learn Continue reading
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Welcome to this week’s homestead update.
The other day, we opened a jar of our canned beef stew. It is really good, but because using thickeners is bad for safe canning, the stew was fairly thin. When we eat it while camping, we plan on adding a thickener when we reheat it. I did notice that it could use some additional spice. Next time I make it, I will use additional black pepper. That should make it perfect for us. Continue reading
Welcome to this week’s homestead update.
Obviously I made a change to the main page of the blog. Instead of displaying the whole post, I now only display the first paragraph or so. This is strictly a metrics related change. It will give me a better view of the types of posts that people want to read. By putting the entire post on the home page, I only see the interest in any particular post when people find it via a search engine. While this is good information, I would prefer to know what folks that are following me regularly want to see. With the summary on the home page, the people who Continue reading
My son saved his allowance and bought a Kindle Fire and I bought his “old” Kindle from him. Of course since I have never owned an e-book reader, I didn’t have any books except for one that I bought after knowing that I was going to buy his Kindle. I will buy books that interest me, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune to put a bunch of books on the Kindle, so I started looking for sources for free books. That’s what I’m going to talk about today. Continue reading
Like many people, I listen to podcasts during my commute to work. I have gotten to the point where I rarely listen to anything on the radio. I guess you could say that I have gotten hooked on them.
I’ll briefly give my set up. I have a Sansa MP3 player. I do not use iTunes. I am not an Apple fan, so I try to avoid them at all costs. I use the Amarok music player. This works as a podcatcher to pull down the latest podcasts and uploads them to my MP3 player. In my car, I connect into the auxiliary port via Continue reading
I don’t really have much time for an update today. I had to work late, so didn’t do anything with the homestead today. As soon as I got home, I had to get the grill started and cook up some chicken breasts. I cooked more than we needed, but Karen’s making chicken tortellini soup tomorrow and needed the chicken.
Jelly update: It doesn’t seem to have gelled up as much as I would like. Turning the jars upside down, the jelly does move. It isn’t extremely runny, but looks to be about the same viscosity as slime.
I know, not appetizing, but looks to be like that. I’m giving it another day and if it still is a little runny, I’ll re-process it on Thursday.
Based on a comment, there are a couple ideas for future posts. How to go about selecting fruit trees, berry bushes and nut trees for the homestead. Paying attention to what is hardy in my zone. Insect, weed and disease control without using chemicals. I’m not totally against chemicals. I know they have a place in a modern homestead. But they are never my first choice. There are much better natural alternatives.
I was listening to one of Jack Spirko’s podcasts on my commute today. This was about personal branding. During it, an idea for a pretty useful camping site came to mind. I’m pretty excited about this, but I’m not at the point where I can give out any details. I did buy my domain names and already have hosting available. But I’m still hashing out exactly what I want to make of this. What it should look like, what info will be provided, etc. I’ll post here details when I get this all figured out.