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.
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?
May 8th, 2018 | 35 mins 48 secs
compost, earth day, earth day tip, earth day tip teach gardening, garden, grow what you eat, homestead, lessons learned from starting seeds, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, starting seeds, teach gardening, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead, vertical gardening, wicking beds
As part of Earth Day Week, I went to a local elementary school and presented about the three basic elements needed for gardening: light, water and soil. For those of you who want to make a difference in a student’s life while helping the planet, my Earth Day Tip is Teach Gardening.
May 2nd, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
how to start, how to start a lifestyle business, kevin geary, lifestyle business, online business, rebooted body, six figure grind, small business
Kevin Geary and I discuss how to start a lifestyle business that allows you to put some of that stress at ease by earning extra income while charting your own destiny from almost anywhere on this planet.
April 11th, 2018 | 42 mins 23 secs
bellcast, dallas half acre farm, interview, market garden, michael bell, podcast; profitable urban farming, small business, small scale life podcast, urban farm, urban farming
Micheal Bell returns to the Small Scale Life Podcast to discuss progress at his urban farm in Dallas, Texas. Michael and I discuss a number of topics including the great weather in Texas right now (and the crappy weather in Minnesota), what he has planted and some of his profitable urban farming strategies.
April 5th, 2018 | 5 mins 2 secs
4 tips to keep going; fun to done, completing goals, completing projects, goals, healthy lifestyle, how to complete goals; be ready, keep going, life lessons, midweek motivation, mindset, new years resolutions, small scale life podcast
Here is a question for you to ponder: would you be ready to drop everything and go if opportunity knocks? If you are, you might have an opportunity of a lifetime. This episode is all about the lessons learned from a local accountant turned Superman for the Chicago Blackhawks.