Blue Collar Ford Gets New Bumpers and Chase Rack!

So our very first sponsor is Addictive Desert Designs! They really hooked us up! We didnt want the prerunner type bumpers. We wanted full protection, ability to add a winch and lights, as well as create additional storage space! ADD came through in all the categories. Part of the Blue Collar Ford Challenge is that we have to build this truck in the driveway. It was freezing out! We had a storm rolling in and you can hear the wind really started blowing. We were originally going to put this together with three different videos. Front bumper, Rear bumper, and Chase Rack install. But with the weather beating on us, we put the video together as one. I get compliments everywhere we go with this thing now! Its been a great addition to the truck!

Power Your Whole Home With A Bike!

If you think about it, how many people go the gym to work out. What if you could power your home by riding a bike for 60 minutes a day. The concept is easy, execution; not so much!

As you can see in the video below he charges a single battery after riding for 60 minutes. Now a single battery isnt going to charge your whole home for 24hours the way we Americans go through electricity, but its a start! It can also work for emergencies. Most important part here, you can charge your batteries without the noisy generator that all your neighbors will hear!!!

We have seen this down a couple of times and a quick internet search will find several homemade bike generator projects. I really like this one and I hope it will get you thinking!

Attracting Hummingbirds Into Your Backyard Garden

Time to become what we call a shotgun gardner!

Have you ever thought about planting wildflowers throughout your back yard? How about a way to get your husband to help?!?!
I promise you that you show the above video to your husband and you will have more flowers than you know what to do with!


All these wildflowers will attract all kinds of beautiful wildflife! Sorry, but this is just a fun article to keep everyone light!

But here is a shot that you could be viewing!

Wild Flowers

Planting Garlic In The Fall

Fall is the time to plant your garlic. You can start as early as mid September and as late as end of Oct. Garlic is very easy to grow and store.

Although planting garlic is fairly easy there are some steps you need to be aware of.

  • Garlic likes well drained soil
  • Garlic likes loose soil
  • It needs to be 3-6 inches apart
  • Garlic should be planted pointy end up
  • Once covered with soil, cover with straw

We have been growing our own garlic here at Homestead Basics for the past 8 years and it has done well!

Here is a great video below: