Around the Homestead

It’s raining, not pouring, but hey! It’s lovely—highly unusual for us in summer…I finally got our well (for watering garden) going again yesterday. New jet pump, new 80-gallon pressure tank…it’s a 15′ deep well that we dug with a backhoe in 1980…put 8″ pipe with saw kerfs (slits) in middle of hole, filled with rock…1-1/4″ pipe goes down inside the 8″ pipe…used the soil we dug out to make adobe bricks with a Cinva-Ram, and they form the back wall of our greenhouse…retains heat nicely…corn is 8′ high, more vigorous than ever before…I’ve been collecting seaweed, last week got leafy parts of bull kelp, dried it, and it’s really salty and flavorful…I’m a couple of years ahead on firewood…we end up with a lot of pallets from book shipments, and lately they’re all heat treated (“HT” stamped on them), meaning they haven’t been insecticided, so I cut them up with chainsaw, good addition to oak and euc picked up on road…we just added a new hoop greenhouse from Farmtek…”EZ Build Gro Cold Frame,” very simple, quick to put up, metal hoops (a la quonset shape), 10′ wide x 14′ long x 7′ high, UV stabilized flexible woven poly fabric, lasts 10 years…it’s really warm, even on overcast days…tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Around the Homestead

  1. Lloyd,I love your work . I think I have every book you have written. I have 3 comments . 1)Your tiney homes on the move has too many photos that are small. I want to see the craftmanship better. I liked the fact that many of your previous works had 4 pages instead of just two for the more elaborate structures.
    2)When you do floor layouts it really helps the reader visualise things better.
    3) if you want to do another book on owner builders in the pacific north west I know of 4 such fabulous homes you have not yet written on.

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