Backroads Homesteading Live: Challenges, Updates, and Community Networking.

Backroads Homesteading Live: Challenges, Updates, and Community Networking.

In the latest episode of our Backroads Homesteading series, we decided to take our Friday coffee chat outdoors, sharing the serene backdrop of our homestead with our viewers. As the sun peeked over the hills and the cows grazed peacefully in the background, we dove into a candid discussion about the recent happenings on our homestead, the challenges we’ve faced, and the joys of rural living.

One of the highlights of our outdoor setup was the integration of dual microphones and a bigger camera, allowing us to capture the beauty of our surroundings while ensuring clear audio. It’s been a year of tweaking and adjusting, but we’re finally getting the hang of live streaming with this enhanced setup.

Our chat covered a range of topics, from the mundane to the more pressing issues we’ve encountered. We discussed the recent barbecue adventures, the struggle with construction challenges like leaks and gutter issues, and the ongoing projects that keep us busy. The transition from city life to homesteading has been a journey filled with learning curves, but it’s one that we’ve embraced wholeheartedly.

Community networking has been a vital part of our homesteading experience. We’ve connected with fellow homesteaders, shared knowledge on gardening, and even coordinated activities like incubating chickens. These connections have not only enriched our lives but also provided a support system that is invaluable in this lifestyle.

Our garden has been a major focus, with plans to create a sustainable food source that can support our family and potentially others in our community. We’ve experimented with various crops, learned from our mistakes, and celebrated our successes. The goal is to be self-sufficient, and every day brings us one step closer to that reality.

Pest control, wildlife management, and the balance between nature and cultivation are ongoing challenges. We’ve had to find ways to protect our crops from pests while ensuring that we maintain a healthy ecosystem on our homestead.

As we continue to build and grow, the importance of soundproofing and creating private spaces has become apparent. Our son, Link, has been a trooper through it all, understanding the constraints of time and money as we work towards completing his room and other projects.

Looking ahead, we’re focused on expanding our income streams, improving our homestead infrastructure, and continuing to build a life that is sustainable, fulfilling, and connected to the land. The journey is not without its hurdles, but the rewards of homesteading are immeasurable.

As we wrapped up our outdoor coffee chat, we reflected on the progress we’ve made and the future we’re building. The homestead life is a journey of constant learning, adaptation, and growth. It’s a life we’ve chosen, and one that we’re grateful for every day.

Join us on this journey as we continue to share our experiences, challenges, and triumphs in the world of homesteading. Whether you’re a seasoned homesteader or just starting to explore this lifestyle, there’s always something new to learn and discover on the backroads.

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Soil Testing And Boat Troubles

Soil Testing And Boat Troubles

Boat Issues and Soil Testing | Building The Homestead Series

Hello, friends! Ryan here from Backroads Homesteading. Today, I want to share some updates on our homestead journey, focusing on soil testing for our garden beds and our boat repair adventures.

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Soil Testing: Laying the Foundation for a Productive Garden

On the homestead front, we’ve been busy preparing our garden beds. We received some mulch from a new friend, which we initially planned to use for walkways. However, upon closer inspection, we realized it contained a mix of dirt, leaves, and other composting materials. We’ve decided to use this mulch in the bottom of our raised beds for a hugelkultur approach, which will help improve soil structure and fertility.

We also tilled some of the composting material into our clay-based soil to prevent compaction and improve nutrient availability. Our neighbor kindly brought over a tractor to help us work on the fence line, and we took the opportunity to finish collecting soil samples from our North Field.

After mixing the samples and removing any large organic matter, we’re sending them off for analysis. This will help us understand what amendments our soil needs to support a healthy, productive garden. We’re also making some adjustments to our raised beds, reducing their height from three layers to two to conserve wood and create more beds.

As we wait for the soil test results, we’re excited to start planning our garden layout and choosing the best crops for our soil conditions. It’s all about creating a sustainable, productive homestead that can support our family and community.

Boat Repairs: A Surprising Challenge

We recently noticed some issues with our boat, specifically in the battery chamber. Upon inspection, we found a significant amount of corrosion, likely caused by open-cell batteries leaking acid as the boat moved through the water. This was a surprising challenge, but we’re tackling it head-on.

To address this, we removed the tops of the batteries and cleaned out most of the corrosion. We’re now running baking soda through the chamber to neutralize any remaining acid. Thankfully, we haven’t found any holes yet, but we’ll continue to inspect and ensure it’s safe before reinstalling closed-cell batteries. This experience has taught us the importance of regular maintenance and checks, especially when it comes to safety on the water.

Stay tuned for more updates on our homesteading journey, and feel free to share your own experiences and tips in the comments. Until next time, happy homesteading!