If you want to live off-grid you need to be able to do shit yourself. Which means you need to have a tool for every job. Personally, Im of the "I can make due with a few core hand tools" variety but I'm finding that more tools is better.
They don't spoil. They don't run off. And if you take care of them, they pay dividends in the long run. Worth buying quality tools the first time and taking care of them.
Here's a list I found of recommended tools from: Off Grid World. What do you think? More? Less? Any suggestions?
If you only use water once - Cooking, washing dishes, washing clothes, and showering - then you are wasting an opportunity.
I want to optimize my homestead so I'm looking for ways to reuse my resources. When using water a second time (called greywater - dirty water from washing dishes then goes to the garden irrigation lines) you double the amount of water you have.
The potential problem comes from using soaps that will kill your whole garden. Salts, chemicals etc can kill bacteria and plants and leave you hungry.
Im starting doing research into how to clean my dishes and clothes while still using that water for greywater irrigation under my plants. This is copied from: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/plant-friendly-soaps-are-safe-greywater-irrigation
There are different strategies when it comes to making money and sustaining yourself on a homestead or completely off-grid. If you want to make money off-grid, the best way is to combine these strategies into a combination that works best for you.
There are a variety of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to survive. In a desperate situation, if you are eating and miss out on these, you can die of malnutrition. (That's not good).
If you're planning on living off-grid, think of it as a long term survival scenario. You need to ensure you're getting adequate food, water, rest, shelter, etc. But you also need to break these down and make sure you're getting the right balance of nutrients to sustain yourself long term.
I know this post is going to get some weird responses so I'll try to get all the nuts and bolts up front.
You can compost human waste and in 1 year it is completely pathogen free and super fertile dirt that can be used on whatever you feel like growing.
There's a cool (albeit unique) way of using composting toilets that saves a bajillion gallons of water every year.
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