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.
June 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
bees, chickens, community, cows, frugal living, homestead, homesteading in ohio, livestock, pigs, reduce debt, rural life, rural living, simple life, simple living, small scale life podcast, sustainable life, tribe
A while back, I had a great conversation about Homesteading in Ohio with Daniel Bokros. Daniel is one of the Ohio Get Stuff Done Crew, and he has his own homestead called the Red Dog Ranch. In this podcast, we discuss his journey from the Marine Corps to the homestead in the Ohio countryside, and what Daniel and his wife Christie are doing to earn money from their homestead.
June 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 12 mins
bellcast, dallas half acre farm, interview, market garden, michael bell, podcast; profitable urban farming; urban farming advice; urban farming best practices; scott hebert; flavourful farms, small business, small scale life podcast, urban farm, urban farming
Michael Bell and Scott Hebert return to Small Scale Life to discuss urban farming advice and best practices. Topics including selecting seeds/plants, watering crops, harvesting product, successfully marketing products and potentially expanding their operations.
June 1st, 2018 | 6 mins 12 secs
feeling overwhelmed, focus, goals, healthy living, live simply, midweek motivation, mindset, simple life, simple living, small scale life podcast, to do list
Midweek Motivation is a weekly episode featuring the wisdom and stories of host Tommy Cakes. This week, Tommy is back and broadcasting outside a lounge somewhere in the Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this episode, Tommy discusses feeling overwhelmed and how to eat an elephant.
May 23rd, 2018 | 6 mins 45 secs
focus, goals, healthy living, live simply, midweek motivation, mindset, simple living, small scale life podcast, stop distractions
This week, Tommy is on the road and is broadcasting from somewhere near the Front Range in Colorado. In this episode, Tommy discusses how you should always stop distractions and focus on the people and places around you.
May 22nd, 2018 | 34 mins 28 secs
compost, garden, grow what you eat, homestead, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead; 2018 vegetable garden season, vertical gardening, wicking beds
This podcast is all about starting my 2018 vegetable gardening season, and if you think that everything is rainbows and unicorns, you are wrong. I had immediate trouble including rotting raised beds, dead plants and rabbits. Can anyone relate to this?
May 10th, 2018 | 6 mins 8 secs
community, family, friends, healthy lifestyle, life lessons, midweek motivation, mindset, nature, small scale life podcast, turn off social media
Gary Vee recently said that the cell phone is the remote control of today’s society, and your activity on Social Media is nothing more than the reality shows of our current year. Why not turn off Social Media, put down the cell phone, and enjoy people and nature instead?