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Changing The Landscape

| 7/2/2015 9:21:00 AM

Homesteading with Mrs DIn our ongoing green mobile homesteading adventure we are hitting the inevitable bumps. For some reason, though our “house” batteries last quite a long time (3 to 4 days running just lights and water pump), they don’t seem to charge up at all while we are driving. My first piece of knowledge, gleaned from a Google search of “why won’t my trailer batteries charge while I’m driving,” is to get a multi-meter and check the connections – at the trailer and at the truck. If all lights light up, then apparently it is a case of the truck just not providing enough charge to top up the batteries. In that case, I am looking at different options. I also have the spare battery to consider, for running the inverter so we can charge our gadgets and computers.

This leads to several choices: generator, alternator, solar panels or wind system to name the most common. I am first going to investigate the less expensive options of running a separate alternator to charge the batteries before I resign myself to the more expensive generator or solar/wind options.

inedible berry planter 

In other parts of the country, our urban homestead in California is under severe water restrictions due to the ongoing drought in that state. We had already pulled nearly everything out of the flower beds in preparation for a whole new landscape look. I want edibles, the grown children who are living there want trendy, good-looking stuff. For now we are putting in red mulch, to keep down the dust, help keep the water from evaporating and add some attractive color.

grapefruit tree 

future patio

7/27/2015 2:04:05 PM

Looks like a female dog has been urinating on the grass. I was having the same problem with our yard.

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