MSB Week in Review – 008

Here is this weeks MSB insider’s only video of our week in review. We want to make these videos really cool for members of the Support Brigade, so after watching it please be sure to leave questions and comments for what you want to see in next weeks updates.

The purpose of these videos is to give MSB members a behind the scenes look at what we do at the the Spirko homestead and with the operations of the TSP business itself. This will generally be things that we are reserving for our private members only.

All the videos are posted to Vimeo and are password protected. The pass code will be the same for all videos and it is prominently displayed on the main page of your MSB Private Area. You will see it as soon as you log in. You can’t miss it. It is in BOLD RED at the top of the page when you log in.

This Video Covers…

  • An arbor using a hog panel and t-posts
  • Chop and drop and new mulch on the hugul bed system
  • Design planing tip using marker flags
  • A newly built micro hugul forest garden system
  • A kick but cheap effective stock tank heater
  • A planned trellis for kiwis
  • New roosting option for the chickens
  • The coming upgrade to the pick up truck
  • Plans for a horse fence vineyard
  • Dorothy’s promised bamboo entryway is coming

You can view this weeks video at

Remember you can always find all our MSB Only Videos at

Here is where you can get the stock tank heater from the video, I got the 250 watt, works fine even in the teens for a 50 gallon tank, much bigger and I would move up to a 500 or bigger.

16 Responses to MSB Week in Review – 008

  1. Looks good Jack! I’m excited about this spring and seeing everything coming up in all the swale mounds and the new forest garden installation. Keep up the good work!

  2. Kerry Rodgers

    Thanks, Jack, that was great! Where are you getting the truckloads of compost/lava sand? And, obviously, you trust your source to not have herbicide etc in it. I’m local, and I’ll be needing some compost and also some wood chips later this spring. Thanks again. (sorry, I posted this to Vimeo first, then realized you probably wanted it here.)

    • Modern Survival

      I get it from a place called Silver Creek Materials and I don’t really sweat “herbicide residue” if a place doesn’t use agricultural waste.

      Small amounts of toxins in compost relative to the whole (despite Paul Wheatons paranoia) are not an issue here is Geoff Lawton explaining that.

      The place I use is mostly making compost from tree trimmings, entire trees cleared from building sites, etc. They also have a small heard of long horns that free range the property. Here is the place

      Simply put if a place is making compost from tons of material from tons of sources I don’t really worry. When a place is using agricultural waste I worry.

      We are lucky they are only 5 miles away and they give veterans “contractor pricing”.

  3. Robert Thornton

    The work outside the chicken coop has me thinking. I like the protected productive space and the way the water can be dumped right out into the system. I do some of this with the horses watering them in the mulched swale trench and dumping it right there. Who wants to haul water to put it back into the system if you don’t have to.

    • Modern Survival

      Yep and it is just a modification of what I learned in Marjory Wildcraft’s DVD, they do haul more accurately pump water with gravity to their orchard. They fill tubs for their geese and dump the tanks on a tree, then move to the next one.

      Here though I have to fence out the chicken so the appropriate technology is going to be a short hose and a small pump. Honestly I may run some pipes to each location, and then a valve system and then, well you get the idea.

      Goose poop make the forest garden grow!

  4. thanks for another review of the homestead. More info on bamboo would be great.

    • Modern Survival

      I don’t really have much to share on bamboo, it is cool, you can get clumping or running and this will be the first time I have grown it.

  5. Hey Jack, a couple of shows ago, you talked about a guy who would plant 4 different types of trees close together and prune them in such a way that he could harvest different fruits throughout the year. Any chance you could post a link? I found that to be fascinating. Thanks!

  6. Did something happen to this weeks video? I clicked the link above and entered the code but I’m getting the following page at vimeo:
    “Unauthorized Sorry, there is no video here. Either it was deleted or it never existed in the first place. Such are the mysteries of the Internet.”
    I’m a life time MSB’er and I copied & pasted the code, so I know that’s correct. Is anyone else getting that, or is it just me?

  7. How’s the Chuffa coming along?

  8. in the next video can you cover the tree growing tubes you talked about in ep 1294

  9. Jack where do you get all the wood chips. Local tree service gives them away here but I haven’t been able to get the. I looked into buying from local nurseries but all they sell is pine and it’s mostly bark. Should I use the pine back or keep looking for hard wood chips? Your place is looking good.