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 […]
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.
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 […]
Are you looking for a way to¬†prevent weeds in flower beds¬†and gardens?
If you’re like most, you struggle with how to prevent weeds in flower beds and gardens. Many people simply use herbicides to kill off any unwanted weeds or grass. This will work, but it introduces an unnecessary toxin to your yard that isn’t good for you, your kids, your pets, or the earth.
Alternatively, you can prevent weeds in flower beds organically with the use of cardboard and wood mulch.
Grow Lapins Cherry Trees in Texas! A few months back, my sister¬†said she wanted to give me a tree for my birthday. She asked if I wanted to pick it out or be surprised. I told her to surprise me. She went over to Bob Wells Nursery and selected a Lapins Cherry tree for me!¬†I […]
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 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 […]
We removed the manufactured home’s front door and replaced it with a hand carved wooden door. We’ve been busy the past few weeks on the future homestead with various projects. We’ve replaced the front door, which was a much larger job than expected, picked up†free carpet from a friend who was replacing it with […]
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 […]
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 […]