Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Little Off-Grid Garden - What's Growing…

40 degrees outside - 11:08 am - still raining...

While Tony is busy getting the garden ready outside, the kids and I are getting the garden ready inside.  Rain or not, if we plan on having a garden, now is as good a time as any to start planting some garden starts.  A small packet of seeds will yield a complete tray of seedlings for the same price that you would pay for just a few retail plant starts.  Another advantage of starting our garden with seeds is that in a few short weeks the kids will get to witness one of the most exciting times for little gardeners, the birth of new seedlings as they emerge from the soil.

This morning the kids and I got out some of the little plastic pudding containers that we have been saving, Chives and Sweet Basil seed packets, a bag of potting soil, and laid plastic down over the table.  We were now ready to plant our garden starts.  The kids had fun planting and watering their tiny seeds.  We put the cups up on the highest south-facing windowsill (so our 2 year old wont “try” to help them grow) to get the most sunshine possible.  The kids are now eager to see the first green shoots sprout from the dirt.

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