Category Archives: Tutorials

Temporary Root Cellar Update

After a long, snowy, Canadian, winter it is early April and I have a report on how our temporary root cellar  worked out…. FANTASTIC!  We constructed our temporary root cellar in the drainage ditch of our unfinished, permanent, root cellar.  … Continue reading

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Alternative Wood Harvesting In Winter

Part of living off the land in Canada, involves finding ways to stay warm and gathering your own firewood.  We have worked with chainsaws before but found them too destructive and disruptive: the noise and the fumes they create prevent … Continue reading

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Temporary Root Cellar Update

I though I’d write a update report on our temporary root cellar.  It is working like a dream.  Now that the snow is so deep that it is too much work to harvest the hearty kale and cabbage out of … Continue reading

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A Tutorial On How To Heating With Water: An inexpensive and low tech solution

It’s snowy outside and the temperature is 0ºC and falling.  We are living in an insulated room, in our barn, for the winter.  This summer we will build a cabin in the forest and install a wood stove but for … Continue reading

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How To Cheaply Start Using Solar Power

START SMALL An easy way to integrate solar power into your life is to start small.  Climbing a mountain is achieved one step at a time.  Let’s face it, the cost of powering a conventional house to solar is pretty … Continue reading

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Tutorial on How to Grow and Store Ground Cherries (Physalis pruinosa)

  Quick List Tutorial 1.  Start seeds inside 6-7 weeks before last frost date. germination time: two weeks – germination temperature 24-32C  (75-90F 2.  Grow in window with Southern exposure, in hot frame or under florescent lights 3.  Harden off … Continue reading

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Tutorial on Storage Containers for the Root Cellar and Life

Storage Containers For The Root Cellar I don’t like to buy containers to use in the root cellar. It just feels plain wrong….When did we lost the ability to make our own containers ? The whole idea behind the root … Continue reading

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