Musing of a Locavore; Rantings of a Madman

If it traveled more than 100 miles to my plate, chances are I don't want to eat it :(


Writing, writing and more writing!!!!!

Posted by Boyd Craven III on September 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (1)

I've continued writing fiction, about halfway done with Deat at last part 3, but I was running out of steam.  Instead I switched to a new set of projects; A homesteading series.  So far projects I am working on are Adjustable Soap Mold Directions, and my Making Money at home series... So far the 1st one I have is Computer Repair - Virus and software issues, the 2nd one is how I make money at home growing strawberries!

As things are published I'll provide a Link and pictures!

Happy St. Paddies Day!!! -- Blueberries!!

Posted by Boyd Craven III on March 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM Comments comments (0)

Not that I am promoting a holiday were the pagans were killed and run off their land, but in the spirit of spring, green beer and warming soil!  Today I decided to celebrate the day by continuing cleaning the yard up of winter debris, dragging brush to be burned this weekend, cleaning out the rabbit manure that has been accumulating.. and planting.. ;)

Yup.  Planting.  Dug a hole in the ground about 18" around and almost 2' deep.  I filled the hole in with 4 spades of rabbit manure to 1 spade of peat moss mixed up.  Then I placed the main plant on top of this wonderful mix and filled in around it with the rest and topped with the soil I used to dig the hole.  Make sure you water well afterwords to collapse any air pockets in the soil but don't over do it at this point.. We are still in danger of a good hard cold snap.

I planted 3 today in about an hours time, and when I get a chance I will be spreading wood chips around the plants to help hold in the moisture.  Mine were planted in somewhat of a high spot, and I had cleared out the area around it of wild blackberries and various weeds till it was almost bare grass..  I planted two varities, chipewa high bush and can't think of the other one.. blue crop high bush?  Each plant is supposed to go 6-8 foot across and 8-10 feet high.

Lets see how this will work!  I doubt I'll have to fertilize much this year ... And I used up some of the manure that accumulated over the winter months.

No Power Situation Part 1..

Posted by Boyd Craven III on February 12, 2011 at 1:22 PM Comments comments (3)

So what is everyone's plans for winter when there's no power?  There is the issue of cooking and heating, water, toilet etc...

For us, we have Kerosene heaters and fuel stored as a heat backup, and soon to the new house, we want to add a wood/coal cook stove.  A pellet stove is also on the want list, but unless I figure out how to hook it to solar it doesn't work for a no power situation.

Of course I have the usual battery flashlights, but I also have kerosene lamps for light.  The kerosene I buy doesn't have a lot of smell to it once it burns so all I need to do is make sure there is enough fresh air so we don't suffocate ourselves if we need to use this :)

For heating water, and cooking I have a propane burner, as well as my grill, and lots of extra tanks.  If the power is out long enough, we will have to get water in 5 gal buckets (after our storage is gone) and ways of purifying it.  Tablets, and bleach depending on what you are using it for.  If you need to flush the toilet?  I'll leave that up to you.

What does everyone else use in that sort of situation?  I know my petro fuels won't last forever and am working towards the cook stove setup for heat/cooking but I am working with what I have.