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Category: The Transplants

Posts from The Transplants, founders of the Living a Simple Life blog and neophyte homesteaders who moved from the city to the country for fresh air and a balance between technology and simplicity.

They’re Heeeeere… The Seeds Have Arrived

By: Everett S

Last year we didn’t get much of a garden because we had to clear the area, which was lightly forested. We managed to save some bean, tomato and pepper seeds but still had to buy a lot this year. Too much, you might say – but what a lovely sight on this snowy winter day.

Our Top Simple Living Posts of 2013

By: Everett S

Those relatively new to the Living A Simple Life blog may not feel like digging through a year’s worth of archives to find the best posts. We understand. Time is limited, especially when you’re trying to run a homestead. So here are the top five LASL posts from 2013 based on traffic, and the top […]

What Are You Reading? LASL Asks Other Bloggers

By: Everett S

The leaves are drying out and fall is nearly over around here. I’m looking forward to lots of winter evenings in my favorite chair by the fire reading a good book. Last week I reached out to some of our favorite bloggers and some folks who follow this blog to get some new book ideas. […]

I Have My Own Tap at Tommy’s Bar!

By: Everett S

Our neighbor Tommy brewed me up a batch of my very own milk stout beer! I helped pay for the ingredients, which cost about $25, and Tommy did the brewing. We split the beer 50/50, and I should get about four of these HUGE growlers full. One of the cool things about this deal is […]

LivingOffGrid.org Has Moved to LivingASimpleLife.com

By: Everett S

Welcome Living Off Grid readers! Though sometimes a challenge, the many benefits of living off grid make it all worthwhile. It is liberating to know that you can fend for yourself in daily life as well as during emergencies. How can one describe the feeling of running your house or business off of clean energy […]

Automatic Chicken Waterer Give-Away: Free EZ Miser 1.5 Gallon Chicken Waterer

By: Everett S

Aaaand the winner is… erin @ blue yurt farms Please message me from our Facebook page so we can arrange logistics. Our friends over at Walden Effect asked us to put their new poop-free chicken waterer through the ringer and let them know what we thought. “Heck yea,” I said! Unfortunately, that was when I […]

Picking Wild Apples

By: Everett S

Earlier this week Audrey and I went stomping up and down the creek picking wild grapes to make grape-juice (just put them in a mason jar with 3/4 cup of sugar, pour boiling water over them and let the lid self-seal. Good for several weeks without refrigeration). It was fun to climb around on the […]

Blending Up a Moss Shake to Spread on Rocks

By: Everett S

We took a few trees down around the house that were threatening our roof. My neighbor Tommy also helped me do some roof repairs, during which time I took the opportunity to scrape the large patches of moss off of our shingles. But what to do with it? I used some as a type of […]

Blighted Tomato Pics – How To Tell the Difference Between Early Blight and Late Blight

By: Everett S

It has been a wet, wet, wet year around here. I am not exaggerating when I say we did not have more than five or six days without any rain all summer. It is finally drying up, but a little too late for the tomatoes, which were blighted before we ever picked our first fruit. […]

Three Stoves: Electric, Natural Gas and Propane

By: Everett S

A power surge caused the electric oven to blow a controller, which costs about $150 just for the part. We have a big propane tank already, which runs the hot water heater, and a propane gas line running right into the back of the stove nook so I decided to just get a gas stove. […]