Monday, December 30, 2013

Episode 136, Liberty Ridge in Winter

Winter came early this year to Liberty Ridge, in the form of a major early December storm.

Pre-storm hype had this event rivaling the infamous ice storm of 2008, which knocked out power to outlying areas in Oklahoma, Arkansas and points beyond for up to a month. Would that happen to us? And if it did, how would our preps hold up?

Also on tap was the first truly cold weather (single digits on the Fahrenheit scale) since the home and the well and plumbing were put into operation, so there was a significant concern that a lapse in design or construction had left these things subject to freezing.

On this show I talk about a host of pre-storm concerns we had, how we fared, and what lessons we learned.

If you find this show interesting, you might also give episode 73 a listen (Handling a Winter Power Outage).

Friday, December 6, 2013

Episode 135, Setting Up the Vegetable Garden

Winter is here, so now is the time to get the vegetable garden beds set up in time for the first spring planting.

We're building our grow beds using concrete blocks, stacked three high and interlocked, but without mortar.

We're going to try Hugelkulture techniques in a couple of the beds for better moisture control, superior soil structure, and promotion of beneficial insects and microorganisms.

We're working our way towards an ambitious but achievable goal of growing half of the food we eat, other than meat, within a couple of years.

We'll also be raising chickens and possibly goats, but that is a topic for a future show.

Gardening is a lot of work, but the payoff is that you are converting your labor directly into something of value which is not taxed as income. It's like printing your own money. It's a great way to be productive while withholding your consent from a rogue government in love with the Dependency Culture it has spawned.

Also in this show: a little "tractor talk" and an analysis of the most flexible of towed work trailers, the dump trailer.

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