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Episode-966- Developing Raw Land into a Homestead or BOL Over the Long Haul

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

A Pre Fab Mini Cabin at a BOL

One of the more complex questions I was asked at Ben Falk’s PDC course was about a “long term bug out”, which I needed clarification on because it can mean so many things.  What the student meant turned out to be something very relevant for the TSP community so it has become the focus of today’s show.

This person found themselves in a situation many of us face.  They have a job, not a super job but one that pays the bills.  Said job requires life in a city/town of some size and they want to be prepared to get out someday (by design or possibly by need).  They can or have already scraped up enough money to buy some raw land, say a few acres or more.  However this land has no house on it, no infrastructure, no utilities, etc.

The question was given I have such a piece of land and can only put a few thousand a year into it, what should I be doing first and where should I be heading long term.  I partially answered this question at the evening fire though a proxy who explained all this, the student was apparently beat and went off to catch some sleep in his tent.   As I answered it I realized how much my answer had changed over the past 4 years and how some of it has stayed the same.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Selecting a piece of land
    • Distance from your permanent residence
    • The consideration of climate
    • Utility access
    • Size of the property
    • Surrounding community
    • Ability to appear undisturbed
    • The value of water
  • The most critical infrastructure you can set up
    • Ponds and swale structures
    • Storage facilities
    • Shelter
    • Permanent plantings
  • Taking it to a higher level
    • Earth sheltered homes in the south
    • Timber frame homes in the cool climates
    • Water catchment for every roof like structure
    • Island gardens for land locked homesteaders
    • Design the end and work backwards
    • Don’t kid yourself about what can or will be done

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Episode-730- Permaculture Solutions for Water Needs

A Mature Hugelkultur Bed - Photo Credit to RichSoil.com

Today we revisit a topic I covered with the awesome Paul Wheaton on a past episode of TSP.  Paul actually just put out one of the best compilations of photographs and illustrations I have ever seen on hugelkultur which inspired this episode.

We are going to go deeper than that today though.  We are going to talk about multiple concepts with water, I am going to tell those of you in states where they say you can’t capture and store rain water how to do it anyway.

I am going to discuss the water crisis we can’t see and how permaculture provides a solution for it.  I will tell you about millions of acres of lakes that you never see and how they can teach us exactly how to provide water to our plants even in the driest areas with little to no irrigation.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • If water is everywhere how can there be a shortage of it
  • What at the two largest types of lakes that we never see
  • Who waters the forest, who waters the prairies
  • My hugelkultur project so far
  • The rain garden
  • Swales and swale style barriers
  • Self watering gardens – irrigation with maximum efficiency
  • Terracing and how I feel they differ from swales
  • The role of poly culture
  • Selection of hardy varieties
  • Growing from seed, especially trees
  • The Groasis system

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Episode-233- Listener Questions 7-08-09

Today I am broadcasting live from the BOL and will answer questions about I answer questions about water storage and harvesting, storing diesel fuel, raising bees, bugging out, indoor gardening, power outages and more with an upload and posting assist from Starbucks and their awesome wireless hot spots.

As you may already know we were delayed in our return from Arkansas due to a break down.  When I got to the hot spot last night to update everyone and get all my mail there were a ton of new questions.  So not having the time to do any research I decided to do a listener question show today.

I will also fill you in on our break down and what it taught us about common sense preps, a little video we shot and some other tails from the road.

Tune in to hear…

  • Why a AAA Card may be one of the best preps you can have
  • Why a tool kit and mechanical knowledge won’t always get your vehicle moving
  • My thoughts on Bee Keeping and allergy control with “local honey”
  • Storing water in BPA plastic in a truck and preventing negative effects on the water
  • What productive plants can you grow indoors that won’t bring in bugs
  • Are there any issues with using a cave as part of a structure
  • Will refugees stop at the first big forest they come to
  • How do you extend the storage life of diesel fuel
  • How do specialization and division of labor effect survivalists
  • What about using dry ice during an outage to keep the freezer cold
  • What are the proper dimensions and methods for installing swales

Resources for today’s sow

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