Category Archives: Videos

Homestead Property Walks for the First Day of Spring 2018

Sorry about the show being canceled today but I do have over 30 minutes of property walk though video for you guys today.  We have five videos of walks on Nine Mile Farm for the first day of spring totaling about 30 minutes in length. Lots of stuff is just blowing up this year.







Indoor Aquaponics Set Up – Episode Eight

Today’s episode covers a few updates like progress on microgreens, lowering the grow lights a bit and moving fish indoors. Mostly though it is a Q&A edition.

I answer the following questions today…

  • How is the height set by the bell siphon, does anything change when you add media?
  • What is my water height vs. my media height in my systems?
  • How is the smell of and indoors system?
  • What is the cost of the system in this series?
  • How do you ballance fish vs. vegetation?
  • How small can you go with ebb and flow?
  • How do you cycle a system?
  • What pump am I using and what would I recommend?
  • Choosing a variety of fish?
  • Do you need a swil filter/solid seperator?

Pump I think is in my current temporary system.

Pump I would use for this sytem if you wanted two pumps

If you wanted one pump and lots of room to expand I would go with this pump, I have this running in one of my systems, I love this pump.

Dirty water pump I use in larger systems, warning this must go in a bucket or exclusion bag or you will chop up fish with it.

Indoor Aquaponics Set Up – Episode Five

Follow this entire project on this playlist

Here are the vise grips I show in this video

We cover a lot of stuff on wicking beds today, show how to change water depth in them easy, etc. We also discuss “celery disease”!


Planting Out Aquaponics Beds with Grocery Store Produce

Note that in this video I specifically say that this is not how I normally do this.  In general practice I simply take any viable cores as they become available and add them to ebb and flow beds to regrow them.  To expedite this project and give some interest to the project I went out and picked up a bunch of stuff that works for this type of thing.

Also while three of these came out in three days it will likely be about a week before it is time to do another one, so enjoy these for now.  Again you can follow the entire playlist at


The Indoor Aquaponics Grocery Store

So this weekend I set up my planned indoor aquaponics system.  The truth is all I really needed to do was set up a 100 gallon tank and one small ebb and flow bed this year to grow tilapia fry until spring and get a jump start on growing them.  However always wanting to give you more, I have turned this into an educational project.

I am using a 300 gallon rubber maid stock tank, along with rafting, a 50 gallon ebb and flow and a small wicking bed inside one of my out buildings.  Setting up a lighting array and heating the water with 300 watt aquarium heaters.  Each spring we will drain this tank and move all starts to our main systems.  We can also starting next year over winter aquatic vegetation such as salvania or duckweed with it.

This really isn’t to show you how to do this indoors just how to set up a system and get it producing fast.  Using the components in this system you literally have a roll your own kit by visiting Lowes and Tractor supply.  As this project evolves I expect many aquaponics hold outs will realize how easy this is, how well it works, and will finally take the plunge.  You can track the entire playlist at and below are the first two videos.

I plan to go to the “winter time plant store” later today and film episode three soon.  So what is the winter time plant store, oh you call that the grocery store and no, I am not kidding.




Some New Videos from Our Homestead

First up is this 20 minute property walk explaining our new plant starting system, new timber frame pond and wicking bed installs, indoor aquaponics, grow bucket system, updates on the bantam hens and more. Here are links to the items featured in this video as well


Next up is a video I made to better explain the second segment of the video above.  It is best to at least watch that segment first to better understand it if you haven’t already done so.


Next up is a video of me but not on my channel.  Justin Rhode brought his 50 state permaculture bus tour to Nine Mile Farm to learn about my duck operation.  I have to say he did a fantastic job with this 16 minute mini documentary.

Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit.  Previously I reviewed a product called FermentEm Mason Jar Lids.   But, I have been asked for alternatives and I have researched a lot of them and found another great one to recommend.  I want to point out here while I am reviewing the full kit, you can get…

You can also get these in regular vs. wide mouth jars but I personally prefer wide mouth for most fermenting.   Anyway I am very happy with this product.  The pebbles do a great job keeping stuff under the brine, everything cleans up in seconds with just hot water and they just fricken work, and like the FermentEm lids they are waterless so they can’t dry out, they are about as fool proof as it gets.

For more info see the video below where I give an over view and show a few of the ferments I have going right now.  And consider the Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit or specific components of it for your fermenting needs.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to and by shopping at anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – The endorsement of this product should not be seen as a negative to my previous endorsement of the FermentEm product, both of these items are stellar, that said, so far I would give a very slight edge to the Mason Tops Pickle Pipes, they are just fantastic and store in such a small amount of space.

Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

The Truth vs. The Bullshit About Net Neutrality

This is an exert from The Survival Podcast Episode 2042, it explains what net neutrality is really all about vs. the hysteria being trumped up by people that know nothing of networks.

Below the video is a minor summary of the experience I am drawing on in speaking in this video.  I don’t generally talk a lot about my past experience in this world as it is seldom truly relevant to what we discuss on TSP, it is however very relevant to this discussion.

When someone tells you that we need net neutrality please do two things.  Ask them what experience they actually have with large scale data networks and if they know the difference and similarities of say a DSLAM and a CMTS?  Then ask them to watch this video.  The hysteria around this issue would be funny if it were not so damn deceitful and so damn effective.

My Personal Experience with Network Design, Installation and Management

At one time I was a Certified Bicsi RCDD, with both LAN and OSP add ons. The RCDD test alone has a 70+% first time failure rate and less than 10% of RCDDs had BOTH LAN and OSP add on certifications at the time I did.  The LAN add on is now replaced with DCDC certification.

My past employment includes designing and installing both LANs and WANs.

I have extensive experience in installing, programming and managing Central Office equipment. (where you get your DSL from)

I have actually designed and built Head Ends from the ground up. (where you get your broadband cable internet from).

I have sold equipment into the carrier space, specifically -48 VDC for the equipment that actually provides DSL and worked closely with engineers at companies like Alcatel (Now Nokia after becoming Alcatel-Lucent) as a supporting vendor and co systems designer.

I spent 2.5 years overseeing the primary contractor crews that installed all the optical and up graded hard line cabling both aerial and under ground for what was at the time Marcus Cable. Including equipment installation both in the field and tie ins at the Marcus Cable head ends for the entire Western DFW Metroplex.

This was done specifically to provide high speed internet. Marcus Cable was absorbed by Charter Communications. Hence if you live on the western side of Dallas Fort Worth, and use Charter Spectrum, you are getting your TV and internet over equipment and cable I personally installed or supervised the installation of over 15 years ago.

I also spent 3 years working for Fluke Networks and have a full understanding of network testing for both customer premise (LANs) and Outside Plant (WANs)

My first telco job was for MCI to date my experience a bit. My primary responsibility was installing and servicing MUX (multiplexing equipment) for Central Office equipment, at that time we were talking voice networks, but multiplexing (aka trunking) works the same in all multi user networks.

Finally before leaving corporate America my last job was working with major wireless providers designing software to optimize LTE and 3G Networks. This company is called (Cerion Optimization Services) and has worked with AT&T and other carriers to optimize their network since 2002.

While I didn’t do the programming or actual work in that role I served as the Companies CMO, while at the same time serving for their sister company as COO. That sister company (Dataworkforce) provided thousands of contractors that were deployed across the entire world to actually install, program and manage these networks.  Both wired and wireless.

This doesn’t make me right in and of itself HOWEVER it does make me a lot more informed about this subject than the majority of the people spouting off about it right now. Please consider that before you tell me I don’t know what I am talking about.

Lastly this entire 20 minute presentation was done on the fly with no notes, no outline, nothing. Why?  Because I actually know the subject matter, despite leaving the industry in 2012, which itself was 6 full years after the entire push for so called “net neutrality” began.

1400 Gallon Timber Frame Tank Aquatic System Build

This project was a long time coming, I transformed a platform we had built for a water catchment tank into a 1400ish gallon fish tank using a EDPM liner.

The system currently has 4 ebb and flow beds but this is not true aquaponics but rather an aquatic system using a aquaponics component as a bio filtration system.

The body of this is built with 4×4 pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.  The first layer is 4 inches below grade and held into the limestone with 12 inch hot dipped galvanized spikes, which were aided in penetration by hammer drilling into the limestone layer.  The other layers are each attached with 20, 6-inch galvanized spikes per course (5 per piece of lumber).  Translation it isn’t going anyway.

Plans now include creating a floating plant island to prevent floating plants from being pummeled by the overflows and aeration wand.    Adding cinder block towers and benches for emergent vegetation and of course adding a lot more fish.  We also need to do some plain old landscaping around the area to make things look better now that the heavy part of the project is done.