Small Scale Life is dedicated to a little simple living, a little urban homesteading, a little gardening and a lot of adventures along the way! We talk about our journey of developing a simple life through homesteading, gardening and having a lot of fun. Through this show, we hope to inspire you to learn, do and grow as we build out strong communities around us. Find more at www.smallscalelife.com.
September 13th, 2018 | 8 mins 21 secs
cocktail, go for it, go full throttle, midweek motivation, motivation, old fashioned, social
Midweek Motivation is a weekly episode featuring the wisdom and stories of host Tommy Cakes. In this episode, Tommy discusses Going Full Throttle on life, projects and major efforts. It is up to you: if you want to have success, you have to go full throttle!
September 13th, 2018 | 24 mins 18 secs
community, small scale life, small scale life podcast, terrance leyhew, the intellectual agrarian
Terrance Layhew & I discussed starting small scale life, gardening tips and ideas, how and why communities are important and so much more.
September 11th, 2018 | 42 mins 56 secs
building community, community, family, friends, healthy living, labor day 2018, making friends, minnesota traditions, neighbors, podcast, sacrifice, sacrifice for others, service to others, small scale life forum
I discuss two big Labor Day Minnesota Traditions: State Fair & Exodus to Lake Country. I also provide updates on my Weekend 3 Things & Operation Outreach
August 28th, 2018 | 47 mins 20 secs
garden update, gardening, gutter gardens, herbs, raised beds, urban homestead, vegetables, vertical gardens
It has been a while since our last tour of the Small Scale Life Garden, so I figured it was time to post a Late August Garden Update and discuss my Fall Planting strategy.
August 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 3 mins
community, definition of homesteading, edible landscape, frugal living, fruit trees, homestead, living simple, mentors, reduce debt, rural life, rural living, simple life, simple living, small scale life podcast, sustainable life, tradition, tribe, urban homestead
Greg Burns Jay and I discuss the definition of homesteading, how to build experiences and how to cultivate people while building community.
August 21st, 2018 | 58 mins 4 secs
focus, goals, healthy lifestyle, live simply, mindset, productivity, simple living, small scale life podcast, triathlon, weekend three things, zac brown band
In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am discussing the new weekly post in the Small Scale Life Facebook Group called my "weekend three things." I also include a summary of the Zac Brown Band Concert in Minneapolis, kicking off a home project and a Julie's first triathlon!
August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 16 mins
community, edible landscape, frugal living, fruit trees, homestead, homesteading for beginners, living simple, mentors, reduce debt, rural life, rural living, simple life, simple living, small scale life podcast, sustainable life, tradition, tribe, urban homestead
Many of us dream of creating productive homesteads and breaking free of our urban or suburban existence. Where do you start? My friends Greg Burns and Jay return to the podcast and we discuss Homesteading for Beginners. Greg recommends we start our journey with a different question before we begin: why.
August 11th, 2018 | 54 mins 37 secs
building community, community, family, friends, healthy living, making friends, neighbors, podcast, sacrifice, sacrifice for others, service to others, small scale life forum
In this episode, I am on the road and talking about building community. Humans are social creatures, we are not meant to live in this world alone
August 3rd, 2018 | 6 mins 50 secs
canning, homesteading, preservation
Canning is a method of saving that nutritious food for later seasons. So many people want to start canning but are stuck. Why not learn with us?
August 2nd, 2018 | 30 mins 55 secs
gardening, pruning tomatoes
One way to increase your tomato production is by pruning tomatoes. In this episode, I am going to discuss how to prune tomatoes to improve the health of your plants and to grow more tomatoes. Buckle up, buttercup, because we are going to talk about aggressively pruning those plants!
July 26th, 2018 | 8 mins 29 secs
3 p's of success, midweek motivation, performance, planning, preparation, purpose, success
In this episode, Tommy discusses the 3 P’s to Success for projects and major efforts. It is up to you: if you want to have success, you have to plan for it and perform.
July 20th, 2018 | 48 mins 59 secs
comfrey, gardening, herbs, mid-july garden update, raised beds, rhubarb, urban homestead, vegetables, vertical gardens
There is a lot to see in this Mid-July Garden Update including the main garden, new fence, vertical garden, patio herb garden, & perennial plants
June 28th, 2018 | 23 mins 16 secs
adventure, backroads, barn, bees, breweries, cranberries, crops, explore, farm, fields, food, homestead, hops, mainstreet, rail, railroad, rural, rurallife, silo, simple life, simple living, small scale life, smalltown, sunrise, sunset, tracks, trains, wineries
This podcast is focused on my observations and thoughts as I explored in the areas around Tomah, Wisconsin. Of course, I talked about buying our home in Minneapolis and about the future as well.
June 26th, 2018 | 30 mins 26 secs
common garden pests, compost, garden, grow what you eat, gutter garden, homestead, how to build a vertical garden on fences, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead, vertical gardening, wicking beds
I discuss what is a vertical garden, benefits and challenges, materials needed, and a step-by-step guide for building vertical garden planters on fences
June 20th, 2018 | 44 mins 41 secs
common garden pests, compost, garden, grow what you eat, gutter garden, homestead, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead, vertical gardening, wicking beds
In this episode, it is time for another Garden Update, and while our gardens might be growing, our plants are under siege from pests of all shapes and sizes. I want to give you a head’s up about those pest before too many of you lose productive plants.
June 15th, 2018 | 4 mins 30 secs
adjusting to life on the road, focus, goals, healthy living, life on the road, live simply, midweek motivation, mindset, protecting time, simple life, simple living, small scale life podcast, to do list
Tommy is on the road in Central Wisconsin in cranberry bogs. In this episode, Tommy discusses his life on the road and how he is trying to adjust.