Category — SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Portable tiny house and airstream-ish office
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 24, 2014 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, URBAN, WRETHA

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Ann Holley wanted to create an off-grid, transportable tiny house that would be technically an RV, but with an aesthetic that wouldn’t feel like living in an RV. What she created with her partner Darren Macca is a 125-square-foot “stick built” home with a cedar exterior and a refreshing and expanding all-white interior. “Living in something the size of an RV doesn’t actually have to be like living in an RV,” explains Holley. (more…)

Clearing Weeds Without Chemicals
by NICOLA on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The pathways at my off-grid home are overgrown with weeds, so one of my biggest projects is clearing space.

First, I look at what the plants are, and determine whether it’s truly a weed or if it’s a food or medicine plant. If the plant is food or medicine, I think about whether the plant is truly in my way. Can I go around it? Is it going to grow to be very large? Are there more of this plant nearby? If the plant doesn’t have a negative impact on the space, I leave it alone. If there is only one, I might move it instead of kill it.

The big clumps of grass taking over the driveway and the trail to the outdoor bathroom have to go. (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 7 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)

Gardening roundtable
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

About a week ago, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors and friends out here, it was time to do another gardening roundtable. That’s where a bunch of us gets together to discuss our gardening experiences. Living in the high desert mountains in far western Texas, we have a unique growing area, and within this area, there are even microclimates to deal with, so my garden may have different qualities (temperature, moisture, wind, soil conditions…) than someone who lives at the same altitude as I do but just around the corner from me…

So today after church and our second Sunday church potluck lunch, we just had enough time to get over to the community center just up the road. There were about a dozen of us there, most are experienced gardeners, a few were very new to gardening, a few had gardened out here for many years. (more…)

How to build your own water cistern system
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

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What Is A Water Cistern System?

Those living in a municipality often take for granted utility services that many rural property dwellers are not privileged to enjoy. Many people living in rural regions are extremely fortunate if they are able to afford the huge expense to drill a water well and even more fortunate if the drill actually strikes good potable water. For those rural proprietors or tenants who are challenged by the absence of a drinkable water source on their property a cistern system is a practical and economical alternative. (more…)

Monsoon season is here
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 5, 2014 - 1 Comment in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

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We are fully in our monsoon season now, and it’s about time! We have had fairly dry summers for the past few seasons, in fact we haven’t had a really wet summer since the first year we moved here in ’07. I had read that this summer would be a wet year for my part of the country, and for that I am truly grateful. (more…)

We’ve come a long way, baby
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 30, 2014 - 3 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

Wild child

Growing up, I had a bit of a wild streak, nothing naughty, but I loved being outdoors, being around nature, plants, animals, water, dirt, we pretty much always lived in suburban areas with neighborhoods, houses, rectangular lots with grass, trees and fences. That didn’t stop me from pretending, imagining that I was in the jungle, or in the forest, or on an island, I wanted to live that way so badly that I could remove myself from the rows of houses and people, I would pack a lunch and go find some semi-isolated spot in my back yard and for a little while, I was an explorer in a wild place. Little did I know I would grow up and get to live that dream.

Right now I live a fairytale, a storybook life, I can still become that little girl, but now I don’t have to pretend I’m living in the wilds, I am living it everyday. (more…)

Rainwater collection
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 25, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WATER, WRETHA

Water, it’s a requirement for life, health, sanitation. Living in far western Texas, it’s desert and pretty dry most of the year. We are in the beginning of our rainy season or monsoon season, it will last a month to a month and a half. Most of the residents out here use a well for their water needs, but there are a few who collect the rain water that falls from the sky during the wet season, if you have enough storage, it’s possible to collect enough water to last the year. (more…)

My preparedness test
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 22, 2014 - 4 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Last Thursday, I had a chance to test out being prepared and ready for anything, well as “anything” as possible :)

I am always preaching to my friends, especially those who are female to assume anything can happen at anytime, and you might be on your own when it happens, one of the things I promote loudly is having good, sturdy footwear in your vehicle, if you must go out driving in heels, flip-flops or anything else that has zero protection for your feet, at the very least have a pair of socks and a pair of real shoes that you can slip on in case you need to. The other thing you must have in your vehicle is a pair of good leather gloves, make sure they fit, you never know when you might need them. (more…)


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