Open source homestead and market gardening plans from start to finish!

Carrot Spice CakeGet our Carrot Spice Cupcake recipe! [ Click here ]  Your purchase will help us build a market garden and bring affordable nutrition to our communities.

Our Market Gardening section is open now.  We will continually add content to the site as our garden season progresses throughout the year.  [ Click to visit ]

My T-Mobile Phone Cut Me!

This entry is the continuation of September 13th journal entries.  Part 1 can be found here, where the chicken coop is being mucked in order to build soil and to take care of the chickens.  Part 2 can be found here, where the discussion of bees and Knoxville spraying can be found.

Discussed in this video…what not to do when you break your phone!

This is a brief update on property clearing.  As you probably have already guessed, I really want a market garden!  Cleaning this property makes me wish I could turn this property into a city homestead and market garden.

More fruit has been found as we continue to clean up the land.  Today we found grapes and raspberries.  We take a look at the tools we’re using to clean up the land, and we give a mini tour of our accomplishments so far.

We are on a very limited budget to clean up this property.  We purchased a tree limb saw from Home Depot but it fell apart within the first week.  Yes, we got a cheap brand and I know you get what you pay for.  It lasted long enough to take down a few small branches hanging over the driveway, but that’s all it was capable of doing.

Note to self:  If you can afford good name brand products get them.  If you can’t, plan on using primitive tools to get work done.

Our tools are very simple:

  • Steel garden rakes (found it on the property) $0
  • Weed eater (found it on the property) $0
  • Hoe (found it on the property) $0
  • Machete  (found it on the property) $0
  • Some kind of a sickle like thing (found it on the property) $0
  • Axe – got it from an estate sale.  $5
  • Hatchet – got it from an estate sale.  $3
  • Loppers – got it from an estate sale buyout.  It was probably a dollar but can’t really tell since it was among several things that we traded labor for left over stuff.
  • Little hand pruner thingy.  Had it on hand.

Tools I wish we had:

  • A working chain saw.  Ours always seems to be broken.
  • Garden carts or good wheelbarrows.


You know how homesteaders put advertisements and affiliate links on their sites?

Can you blame them?  If a company is going to pay you to review their product, it’s income.  We all need income to function.

I am not one to do affiliate reviews on anything unless I actually use the product.  I see no point in reviewing products just to get paid.  With that said, I have been using T-mobile for about a year now, and I will gladly advise homesteaders to get their services, especially if you are running a homesteading business.

Perhaps my Web site is too new to be accepted for affiliate links, which is why I am setting up my own shop so I can have an income of my own, and not be dependent on company owner’s not liking my site.  Who knows what they think?  You might post a topic they disagree with.  You might have a picture they don’t like.  You might not get enough traffic to your site to suit them.  You might have a section of your site with a coming soon message.


Wesley and I sell estate sale buyout things to earn money, in between estate sales.  This will give us a supply of products to sell in our online shop, as well as in our brick and mortar store we are setting up in Clinton, Tennessee.


My site got rejected by T-Mobile to have affiliate links.  Not sure why, but I am going to give a review of T-Mobile with or without their blessing.

Wesley and I have tried Verizon, Sprint, Straight Talk, among others, and then we saw an advertisement about an unlimited plan.

We were using Verizon when we saw the T-Mobile advertisement.  I had been asking Verizon many times to come up with an unlimited data plan and they said no each time.  Why?  “Because we don’t have to since we are the best.”

That irritates me.  Verizon needed a good dose of competition.

Wesley and I stopped in at a T-Mobile store someplace between Tennessee and Maryland.  Since we travel so much for work, it really could have been anywhere.

Their unlimited plan seemed too good to be true.  I think I made them repeat the word unlimited many times by approaching them from different angles of “unlimited.”

“What if I watch a lot of YouTube videos?”

Them:  “It’s still unlimited.”

“What if I upload a video?”

Them:  “Unlimited”

And it went on like this until I was convinced that if they were not telling the truth then I could just go back to Verizon.  If Verizon is so good that they don’t need an unlimited plan then let them keep customers who don’t need an unlimited plan.  With their $90 per month, 10GB plan, it was just killing our budget!   So, we switched to T-Mobile.

We added the hot spot feature to our cell phone and we have not looked back to Verizon since.

Our plan has 60.6/GB unlimited high speed internet.

The general areas we’re in are Clinton and Knoxville, Tennessee and we don’t have any connection issues.


  • Unlimited.  They really meant it and I hope they don’t change their minds and stop that plan.
  • High speed.
  • They say you can connect up to 5 devices to the hot spot, but we have only tested 3 and have no complaints.
  • We can manage all of our Web sites without having to find a McDonalds or a library.
  • Great connection and clear sound.
  • Very easy to use.


  • We were setting up an estate sale in Huntingtown, MD and there was no T-Mobile tower.  But, one city out of all the cities we’ve worked in is not so bad.  It’s not a deal breaker.
  • If you reach a certain data usage then they throttle you down.  Yes, unlimited, but not always fast.  Perhaps no one will ever offer a truly unlimited plan that is not throttled, ever.  I suppose that’s what fiber optic cable services are for, but when you’re on the road a lot, you can’t be hooked up to fiber.


Unless T-Mobile changes the plan we are on, we don’t want another phone company.   It really is a very good service and it works well for us.

We just have a simple LG phone and we don’t need anything else.  In fact, I am writing this post, uploading the featured image, and managing the corresponding YouTube video while connected to T-Mobile hot spot on my LG phone.  What more can you ask for homesteaders?


There is one more thing you can ask for.  Enough homesteading income to pay for your monthly T-Mobile phone.  We are still working on turning our homestead into an income producing dream.  Times can be tough, but you just have to keep going the best you can.

Secret Haven has cost us about $2,000 so far to get it cleaned up.  Dumpster and labor is not cheap.

Chronological Journal: 2017 Journal


Like our channel and want to support us?

Recipe:  Carrot Cake Recipe (Carrot Spice) A popular cupcake at Our Little Coffee House

Shop: Check out our shop!


We get it... there are so many premium channels that we can't keep up with them all. Rather than miss out on our premium content, we are offering you a subscription in exchange for you sharing our content.   See details here.

Carrot Spice Cake




Facebook Page


Facebook Page


We love watching the homestead channels! We have started a directory of channels so if you have one, let us know and we'll review your homestead channel and possibly add it our directory.  Click here for more information.


A coffee house on a city homestead and creating open source plans, and sharing what we learn.


Learning how to find our way through homesteading and starting a coffee house, and keeping it running. Basically, we started a coffee house, but figured out no one wanted to give us wholesale pricing because we were too new, and too small.

We closed the coffee house and decided in order to get wholesale pricing, we would have to grow our own produce and start a buying club. Then reality hit. We now blog about reality.


Right now, we flip contents of homes, by way of estate sales.  Visit our Estate Freedom site for more information.


1. City Homestead
Setting up a homestead in the city.  We are blogging about our experiences, beginning with the estate sale that brought us back to Tennessee, and then what brought us to leaving Tennessee in the first place.

2. Domestic Kitchen
Setting up a domestic kitchen in Clinton, TN. We are using the Tennessee Cottage Food law as a guideline.

3. Market Garden
Setting up a market garden.

4. Coffee House
Setting up a coffee house in Clinton, TN. After this phase is completed, we will have a commercial kitchen instead of a domestic kitchen.


Sound Tracks:
"Connecting Rainbows" by Kevin MacLeod
"Crickets and Country Ambience" by
Graphics: Colleen Crawford

Shotcut -

My T-Mobile phone cut me!

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Go Behind The Scenes!
Want to go behind the scenes and watch our member's only videos, get detailed plans, and join our community?  Visit the [About This Site] for more details.

$5 / year.  Join now!