Off Grid Spring Garden Tour 2016

Come take a tour of our spring 2016 Garden! We are busy planting and getting our garden ready for spring. We have lots of our plants in the ground with more to come but we are in the heart of spring the garden is beginning to come alive.

We use the back to eden garden method combined with lasagna layering with different composts and materials. We are big into putting rock dusts and manures in our garden each year and we never till our garden soil. We just layer the top and plant. Easy Peasy and we have amazing growth!


Small vs Large: No Wrong Way to Homestead

Appalachian’s Homestead and Dirtpatcheaven both are homesteaders but we are in different climates, different sizes, and different animals.

Off Grid Living Water Systems: Rain Water Harvesting, Cisterns, Wells & More

We have been living off the grid for about 8 months now and something we frequently think about (and hear about on our channel) is the subject of water. When you live on grid, water is a no-brainer as you don’t have many options. When you’re off grid, picking a home water system isn’t as obvious as there are multiple ways to solve the problem. In this video, we’ll share some of the things we’ve been thinking about as it pertains to off grid living, and what route we’re thinking.

Starting a Garden: Soil Preparation, Biochar, Compost & More

We just moved to our off grid property and now that spring has arrived, we are feeling eager to grow our own food! While we may not have a large, thriving garden this year, we’d at least like to start the gardening process by amending our soil. In this video we’ll share what we’re doing to give ourselves the foundation of a healthy garden including use of compost, biochar and a few other special things you will find out about.

Backyard Urban Aquaponics Farm Grow 3000 Heads of Lettuce a Month


In this episode, you will learn how productive Aquaponics can be in a standard suburban tract home backyard! You will discover the basics of how an aquaponics system works as well as how this family farmer built a DIY aquaponics system to create a small fortune growing vegetables as well as fish.

You will also learn some of the tips and tricks this certified organic aquaponic grower has been using over the last several years since he put together his DIY aquaponics system to improve his harvests, reduce his labor and minimize his inputs to grow some of the best butter lettuce on Maui in the state of Hawaii.

Finally you will learn why the farmer decided to grow aquaponically as well as John’s hints and tips on how to really boost plant health, production and taste of the crops that are being grown under ANY aquaponics or soil based farming system.


Homesteading Tips : How To Decide What You Want To Grow


Recently I discussed how to assess your growing space. Today I’m going to be following up on this and helping you choose what you want to grow.

Ideally, you should be able to grow all the herbs, fruits and vegetables you currently eat and be completely self-sufficient in this area. However, if your growing space restricts what you can currently grow, the list below contains some simple fruits, herbs and vegetables you can get started with:

  1. Herbs: Herbs are one of the easiest things you can grow and take up very little space. They can also be grown indoors or outdoors, so regardless of how much growing space you currently have, you can quickly start producing a versatile range of herbs. Almost every herb is simple to grow but if you need some suggestions to get started, basil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme are all good choices.
  2. Fruits: Blueberries, figs, raspberries and strawberries are all relatively low maintenance fruits and don’t take up much space. Strawberries in particular are very versatile and can be grown in hanging baskets, your yard or window pots.
  3. Vegetables: Most salad vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, spinach, tomatoes can be grown in a small space without too much effort. Carrots and green beans are also both easy growers which can be planted indoors or outdoors.

Thats All for today folks

Alex The Prepper , A-1 Survival


Homesteading Tips: Small Scale Aquaponics

It’s obvious Ann Forsthoefel of “Aqua Annie” is excited by aquaponics, the growing of plants fed by nutrients from fish, which in turn provide a source of food when they reach maturity. “There are so few inputs compared to growing crops in the soil,” she said. With her gardens, she’s constantly building up the soil that is depleted at the end of each growing season. The beauty of aquaponics, she said, is that there isn’t that constant work because the fish are giving nutrients to the plants.