By Bert Davis

The living Portably sequence returns with Holly and Bert’s most modern contribution to their fourth decade of DIY homesteading. The 2009–2015 assortment assembles their correspondence and what they’ve picked up over the past six years, lovingly crafted on handbook typewriters from a distant Oregon outpost. the ideas and methods of the sequence are sensible and useful—pertaining to objects like cycling, everlasting camping out, substitute groups, DIY healthcare, catastrophe coaching, consuming off the land, and MacGyver-like talents to organize you for any and all occasions. even if you’re making plans to step off the grid or simply simplify your existence a bit, residing Portably has whatever for almost every person. examine the values of eco-insulation in preference to artificial, the best way to make a DIY wood-burning range out of a 5-gallon metal drum, the right way to convert a plastic garage in to a “cold body” for seedlings, and knowledge approximately what uncomplicated vessels are perfect for mid-ocean residing.

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Wasps fertilize the squashes; all of the cucurbit family are doing great here. (Never in Ohio) The tomatos and carrots are not doing well. But I've learned what to get in early and what to plant in the shade of taller plants. I've had to water some, but now we are getting rain. Hail twice. No tornados nearby, but I make good use of my shelter. I walked around the neighborhood with chard, collards, kale, squash. I gave them away and made new acquaintances. Potatos and sunflowers put unfriendly stuff.

I then put Silver Seal on the leak, from outside. Silver Seal is easy to apply but takes several days to dry; even longer if put on a dip in the roof where water has collected. Fixing leaks is trial and error. After stopping one leak, you wait for the next rain. Then, if the roof still leaks, go buy more Silver Seal. After removing the paneling, we cut painted 2-by-4s and built a framework of beams under the metal. That made the roof strong enough to walk on when necessary. We covered the Ugly beams by tacking on a new Indian blanket as an inner roof.

Leaves are the plant parts easiest to grow where sunshine is marginal; as it often is in the 'bush' (as we found out I), and in city vacant lots or front and back yards. If water is sufficient, plants often respond to marginal light by prodUcing MORE leaves to catch more light - and not much else. Leaves are plant parts that can be harvested without killing the plants (unlike roots). Holly & Bert, March 2010 I drink grass juice each day; half-a-cup to one-cup. When in environments that don't grow grass naturally, I plant wheat-grass gardens.

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