Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Twelve Live Gifts that Keep on Giving to a Homesteader


In the spirit of the season, I offer a “Twelve Days of Christmas” list of LIVE gifts that keep on giving to us here, at a remote homestead. 

1:  Gallon of red wiggler worms, divided among my food gardens.  They eat the kitchen scraps I toss there and rapidly improve the soil.   

2:  Years' worth of seeds (many degrade after that: check with a float/sink test each year).

3: Rabbits (1 buck and 2 does).  They can be mated at about five months and over the year, fill our larder.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Winter Snow Challenges at a Remote Home

We had to dig out the hives so the bees
wouldn't suffocate
Many people who do not live in Alaska are leery of our long, cold, dark winters.  Others flock up here for winter sports, such as races for dog mushers, snowmachines, hikers, cross country skiiers, and even fat tired bicycles (!).

We tend to say that “There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing.”  I respectfully disagree.  To “There is no such thing as bad weather” I would add that there is also poor construction, poor judgment,  and inadequate (or inaccessible) tools.