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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
Explaining our modified Hugelkultur raised bed methods we are using in our greenhouse. We based the idea on Hugelkultur but cut off the sides of the hills to make more room in our greenhouse.
Other than cutting off the sides of the hills, this is the basic Hugelkultur design. I am planting in our greenhouse with raised grow beds for multiple reasons and benefits.
The raised bed will insulate the plants from the cold, extending our growing season. The raised beds provide a lot of heat mass to absorb warmth, extending our growing season. The decaying material in the grow beds will provide warmth, extending our growing season.
Growing inside the greenhouse will extend our growing season. And not bending over to work is a huge benefit for our backs.