The Outdoor Kitchen

The first project I have published was my new outdoor kitchen complete with rainwater collection and rocket mass stove.  Please check out homesteadhouligan.com!

Homestead Houligan

Thanks again to everyone who has followed this blog and thank you for any contributions you have made.  If you would like to continue to follow my adventures, please head over to homesteadhouligan.com.  See you there!

The New Blog

Just in case anyone is wondering where all the posts have gone, I finally got the new blog up.  The first official post will be up Monday, but if you have enjoyed this blog, then you can follow the new one now.  Don’t miss a thing: homesteadhouligan.com.  Thank, as always, for being such great followers and contributors!

One Year Off Grid

I’m excited to announce that we have officially been off grid for a whole year.  I would love to write a long, descriptive post about how amazing a journey it has been, but I’m posting from my phone while my computer is getting fixed up for the new blog.  What I will say is that it has been an experience I will never forget and every bit of our struggle was worth it.  Thank you for being part of our journey.  

I have decided that I have outgrown this blog.  I will be switching over to the new one very soon.  The plan is to reveal the new one the first week of July. I can’t quite guarantee a date with my lack of consistent internet, but the plan is for the fourth.  This new setup I am working on should allow me to do far more than I can right now.  I can bring my blogging to the next level.  I hope that you will join me at the new site, and thank you for following me this far. 
A sneak peak at the first project at the new location:


An outdoor kitchen equipped with rainwater collection and a rocket stove.  I will also be building a cobb solar oven, a play place for the kids, an outdoor shower,  and lots of other fun projects.   Hope to see you there.  
I’ll post the new web address soon.

I just wanted to check in.  I’ve been busy with a big project lately, which is why I haven’t kept up posting.  I’ll be sharing in another week or so….

I had always been interested in carving gourds. You can make beautiful works of art including gorgeous jewelry and birdhouses. This is just the beginning. The man recently brought home a book for me on gourd carving and now he wants to do it to. The only problem with this is that I now have to plant a million gourds in hope that we have enough for both of us.


I have a long hugel bed that I have not even come close to being finished preparing. Eventually, this bed will be home to rows and rows of all sorts of herbs and vegetables, but right now, it is home to all kinds of critters. I think I can make it work, I don’t really have a better option.

My plan is to plant the gourds all along the base of the mound after laying a thick pile of leaves there to help mulch the gourds. As I have the chance throughout the rest of the spring and summer, I will continue to add leaves to the back half of the mound so as not to squish my gourds. As the leaves settle, they will rot and finish off my hugel for later use. I hope that the leaves will deter the critters before they get to eating my gourds. I don’t really have any idea what will happen. I figure it’s worth a shot.

Check out these links for some gourd sculpting ideas:

Gourd Art

Gourd Carving Gallery

Next planting project we will be working on is seed bombs.

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