By our estimations, the house here at Arborlon was built about 20 years ago.We don’t know who built it, but as we’ve lived here now for two years, we’ve noticed how well they designed the aspects of the house to achieve natural heating and cooling. We have no need for heating or air-conditioning!
Being off-grid, we try to make use of everything. The rule of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle is always on our mind here at Arborlon. So when we had accumulated enough flour containers, we decided to make them into something useful instead of tossing them in the recycling bin. In their second life they have become cloches in our veggie garden to help protect our young seedlings from being eaten by critters.
What do you do when nature throws you too much spinach, you make Spanikopita!
Growing your own food is one thing, but eating the food you grow is a whole other thing. You have to be prepared with recipes and ideas of how to use the abundance of food that nature gives you, which prompted me to start posting some recipes to help us all use our home grown veg. So,
Living off-grid require some changes to how you do things. I’ve found it’s been a few small changes that have made the biggest difference in our power consumption. Here are a few of my favorite things that I’ve found useful for off-grid living.
Save your egg shells to make great calcium for the garden. Food scraps are great for worms, but worms don’t digest egg shells, so instead of throwing them out, you can store them in a separate container to be ground into calcium powder for the garden.
Living off-grid means you are completely dependent on the weather. A cloudy day effects how things are done around the house but three days without sun on the solar panels results in very low power.
We noticed the small birds in our backyard were searching for water, so we created a birdbath for them simply by turning an old plastic garbage bin lid upside down and placing it on a galvanized bin for support.
Because we are building walls, deck, garden beds etc, we make regular trips to our local hardware for the supplies we need. But today disaster struck!
While collecting 3.0 m pine sleepers from our local Bunnings, we dropped one and it landed on Shionagh’s foot!
Comfrey helps to provide nutrients for your soil and the leaves are great for the compost heap as comfrey’s quick rotting leaves work with bacteria and soil organisms to help speed the composting of dried leaves and other high carbon materials.
We plant comfrey in all of our garden beds because the deep tap roots help to break up our heavy clay soil.