We have a youtube channel called OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY
Basically we post daily videos about our daily life. We built a log cabin in 90 days from scratch. Built it with no carpentry skills. We have an organic garden with raised beds. We use the Back to Eden method. This year we just built a greenhouse to extend our season.
Did you have a whole team? 90 days?
Yes a whole team, 3 people and Me, myself and I
We bought a tractor, when we first bought the land.
We were city slickers when we got here. We have 11 acres
I have this great big tractor, it had a bucket more then adequate
notched the logs and put them up, it’s still standing and we’ve been here 6 years!
we grew up in the city….
jumped in with both feet and it’s been an awesome ride.
Tell me about your first gardening experience?
We’re from the St. Louis Metro area.
Stacy – I grew up, we live in a residential area with an acre lot. My dad was Mr. outdoorsmen. I wasn’t really interested in it at all. We had all the produce and I didn’t pay attention to one thing that he did. I could kick myself for but now that I’m older, I get it now.
We had grapes on our fence rows. We grew everything, raised rabbits. I was only child.
Doug grew up in an apartment with a sister and a single mom. I left home when I was almost 16, and there was 0 interest in that stuff.
How long ago did you pack up and go off grid?
6 years ago
It was just like we were sick of it. We wanted to know where our food was coming from and what was in it, GMO’s etc.
We wanted to live off the land
every day has been a challenge
first got here we had no idea what we were doing. When we first moved in, trying to figure out what we were gonna do
off grid with doug
didn’t have running water. Just got running water 2 years ago. For 4 years hauling water into
We charge our equipment
via our truck
videos on our channel to describe that
Turned out we were 7-8 miles away from the Amish and we befriended them
being the adventures guy I am, I ended up getting a team of belgiums and a plow
plowing with belgians
totally old fashioned
So if you had to start over again. Your place is wiped out or you move to Montana what would you do differently what would be the first thing you would do.
get right into
what kind of gardening we do now.
never know what’s gonna happen
This past year put our minds together
gonna get raised beds
made em high enough they are waist level my favorite way to do it.
over the years getting kind of smart
Yesterday I went to home depot, and took pictures of all the boards I want mike to design some beds, people are always asking me how to make them. We started out the same way, no running water. We started with 2 small 8×10 beds. WE’ve always had these really nice raised beds. The new mini-farm have deep beds but they are not raised beds. Yesterday I planted a fall crop of lettuce to see if it will grow and I was like it’s so nice to sit on the edge of this bed.
Need other mediums to grow
mulch type garden
We try to get raw cut cedar, we have a lot of
We have a lot of saw mills in our area
they’re gonna last the longest
He’s always arguing with me, who’s gonna go to home depot and buy wood you use recycled wood, I’m like lots of people don’t have access to recycled wood like we do. We have one that’s an old water bed frame.
hardier wood for fluctuating expansions
do what you can where you are
Better then to stand still till I have cedar
I’m glad you said that, people asked the other day about using railroad ties, but they have creoste I think or something.
compost your toilets
basically a humanure composting system, has been around thousands of years. You can youtube it or google it
5 gallon buckets
And then it turns into the most black luscious great compost
Get yourself educated on that there’s a certain stigma, but people are like ewww did he just say that? We get such great compost out of that and if you watch some youtube videos.
On our way!
We’re just programmed. You have a toilet and flush it. Even here, Ill say that the amish
have an access panel in the back
animal stuff and just spread it out in the fields. I’m not so cool with that system. But this system that you
creating compost for vegetables gardens
Tell us about something that grew well this year.
my favorite thing to grow
Anthocyanin rich fruits and vegetables.
I like to talk about health
some foods are better then others and I like the ones with bright colors.
Anthocyanins type of flavonoid a powerful antioxidant. They yield 2 times the amount of antioxidant
done very well
put it with little tomatoes or mozzarella
look like snakes
taste just like a cucumber
I have done very well in my beds
Last year they weren’t quite as good because we were trying to get the soil just right
super star projects
All my greens have done phenomenally
planted a new basil
spice up my herbs
grew out the Wazhoo lime taste
Mexican or something you want a lime flavor.
I am the worst at growing eggplant
I tried and it never works, I tried in different medium
I like to add a caveat to everything that did good section in our raised beds
some of the plants
We’re gonna heavy compost it and let it set.
We’re not that nerdy.
I think I was telling you in the pre-chat you’re like episode 202 but it’s been recommended, we haven’t done it either, I finally talked mike into doing it this year and then with school was so busy never did it either. I think they were talking about Eliot Coleman that found out he needed some obscure thing like Boron and sometimes they talk about putting gypsum which is dry-wall. And one part could be missing one thing and another part could be missing something else. Cause I asked about Mike’s new mini-farm versus our regular garden by the house.
As far as eggplants, one thing I know Mike has told me what finally worked for him was putting them in the same bed, he used to put like 2 here and 2 there and one there in different beds with tomatoes etc and he struggled for years. he would get beautiful plants and purple blossoms but no fruit. That was his answer.
I want to ask you about a swiss chard recipe because I went to the market with a huge bag and I was thinking I need to teach people what to cook with it. I like to use the stalks for celery with dip, they’re a little stringier but they have way more flavor.
I use it in everything? I blanch it, freeze it and use it instead of spinach because that’s hard to grow and I put it in eggs, lasagna, anywhere but do you have a favorite recipe?
loaded in vitamin
I ferment mine
It’s to die for if you like spicy foods
You can do it without making it spicy if you don’t like spicy food
cut the stalks in little pieces
take the green part
pull it apart
I don’t do a lot of it, but I’ve had a lot of guests and I just interviewed the Kombucha Mama
That’s basically how we preserve a large portion of our bounty by preserving.
6-months to a year
You’re not killing all the beneficial enzymes