Off Grid Tools

Off Grid Tools Survival Axe Ultimate Outdoor Multitool-Hatchet Hammer Saw, Black

This is an excellent off grid tool, an all in one that comes with a Hatchet Blade, Hammer head, Nail Claw and Pry bar as well as a replaceable 6″ saw blade, but that’s not all.  It also has 5 hex sockets and a hardened steel glass breaker and seat belt cutter. Continue reading

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Live off Grid – getting off grid

Good Reads – Books Living Off Grid

If you have been thinking of moving off grid here are some books that may help.

This one is about surviving off grid, I really like this book.  It is covers everything from staking your piece of land to building your shelter, finding water, sources of heat and power. Continue reading

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Plowing the way out with Extreme Max 5500.5010 UniPlow One-Box ATV Plow

When living off grid often you will find yourself having to plow your way out in the winter. We have an ATV for the 2 km piece of road we have to plow out. This blade has proven to be an excellent asset to us.

UniPlow One-Box ATV Plow – everything you need to put a plow on your ATV

Price:  $537.94 (includes everything you need)  You just can’t beat that price.  

Everything you need to hook a snow plow up to your ATV. The box will include a plow blade, universal mount, and push tube assembly. The universal mount will fit most ATVs on the market.

This blade can be installed in minimal time and comes with everything you need to start moving snow. Continue reading

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Portable Washing Machine

portable washing machine

We have been spending a lot of time out at the cabin this year and I’ve found it a bit of a pain to travel back and forth just to get some laundry done.  It’s time to find a portable washing machine.

I suppose I could go down to the spring and do it the old-fashioned way with a washboard, but somehow that just doesn’t sound like too much fun to me. lol. Continue reading

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Chicken Coop and Bears

Bear Encounters

We have never had problems with bears before, but the last while I’ve had a Black Bear in the yard that has decided to harass my chickens.



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Outdoor Wood Burning Stove

Our latest project has been putting an outdoor wood burning stove out near the small cabin with a cover, so we can cook on it in the spring and fall. Of course, we will use it in the winter as well to warm up or just to enjoy.

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Medicinal Plants and Herbs

Horsetail

Horsetail

Red Clover

Red Clover

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Discovering wild crafting

I am discovering all the wonderful medicinal plants and herbs that are growing near our Off Grid property.

I have always been interested in growing and using my own herbs and picking whatever we can that grows out in the bush and our surrounding area to eat.



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The lost Garlic – Fires of 2017

I wrote this a Year Ago (July 2017)

I’m not sure what to do now?  We would normally have the ideal conditions to plant garlic and let it grow on its own, this was our first year testing a plot on our off grid living homestead.

Boy did we not know what was going to happen……this is so far the second worst fire season since 1958 and soon to be the worst ever, fire season has just began and here we are at the 2nd worst.
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Oregon Grape Facts

Walking around the property yesterday, I discovered we have patches of Oregon Grape Plants (Mahonia aquifolium) growing.  It is also known as “Holly Grape” and is related to the Barberry Family. Continue reading

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Extend You Vegetable Growing Season

From floating row covers to greenhouse and the placement of trees and other plants.  Learn how to extend your growing season.

AHZZY Protective Row Cover with Greenhouse Support Hoops, 6Pack Adjustable 4ft Long Garden Grow Tunnel with 0.9oz Non-woven Row Cover for Greenhouse UV Frost Protection

Extending the growing season where I live is something that has to be done with some crops in order to get a harvest. Some ways to extend your growing season are by using row covers, cold frames and greenhouses are a few ways to go, but your can also use permanent protection like trees.




If your garden is in an open area that is not protected from wind the soil will dry out fast and it has no natural protection from the cold. A hedge of spruce trees 4’ or so away from the garden can be enough to increase the air temperature by a couple degrees Celsius.   Two rows of snow fencing about 60 feet apart will do the same thing. Continue reading

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