Learn about growing avocado in Texas

Growing Avocado in Texas Without the avocado, would there be Tex-Mex? It’s hard to say. I for one find it hard to imagine eating such food without the rich, creamy addition that avocado brings to the table. With that said, it’s rare to find an avocado tree in Texas. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve […]

The final preps before installing the meter pole

April 14, 2015


Part 1 of 3 videos on installing the electric meter pole

Now that the power company has the transformer installed on the electric pole, It’s time to get our meter pole in the ground. Honestly, it should have been done before the transformer went up. Things don’t always go the way I’d like them to but they work out in the end.

The first item on the list was to cut down a tree standing in-between the transformer and where the meter pole needed to go. I busted out the Stihl MS290 (Farm Boss). If you’re looking to own one chainsaw, this would be my choice. It’s big enough to handle most jobs, but not so large (like the MS660) that it is tough to move around.

After Removing the tree, I started to dig the hole for the meter pole to sit in. Although the soil is much softer in this location than most other parts of the property, It was a difficult dig because it kept filling with water. Jenn and the boys came out before I finished digging the hole and by the time they left it was too wet to dig in. I worked on some other stuff and planned to finish the hole the next morning.

Save Money Propagating Comfrey Cuttings

Propagating Comfrey Cuttings Made Easy Comfrey is a wonder plant! As such, I want it planted all over my property. The best way to plant a lot of comfrey when you’re on a budget is by propagating comfrey cuttings. You can take a small piece of comfrey root, and turn it into hundreds of plants […]

Sharpening Chisels With Sandpaper

March 25, 2015


Sharpening Chisels With Sandpaper is Cheap, Easy, and Fun

If you’re like me, you’ve got a chisel or two that you’ve abused. I now make a conscious effort not to chip and dull my chisels but my past haunts these tools. A while back, I learned the skill of sharpening chisels with sandpaper. This easy task takes just a few minutes and will put a huge smile on your face when you use your razor sharp chisel.

Mr. Heater Big Buddy Ultimate Review

Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater Review: How well does the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater work? I actually thought I posted this article and video several weeks ago, but just found it in the pending section. Even though I’m pretty sure the cold weather is over for East Texas, I’m going to put this out […]

You can grow Arctic Frost Satsuma in Texas

You Can Grow Citrus in Texas! For years, I’ve dreamed about growing citrus on my East Texas homestead. It’s true that you can do fancy things with micro climates and what not. If fact, there’s no doubt that with the permaculture toolkit that I’ve acquired, I could probably grow an orange or two. But how much […]

A new backside - Manufactured Home Reno

We’ve been busy working on the back side of the future homestead’s manufactured home. By the time we’re done with this It may as well be requalified as a site built home. At any rate, last weekend we removed the back window of the living room and replaced it with a sliding glass door. While we […]