Not really a composting outhouse. This basically an outhouse with a removable holding tank. The outhouse is designed to moved forward on skids after the back panel is removed. This allows the storage tank to be removed for composting and a new tank put in place.
The storage tank is just a 55 gallon blue poly drum. It is partially buried but can easily be pulled out.
The outhouse has been built but is not in use. I am not sure of the township and state legal requirements so I am currently using a portable camping toilet. I hope to replace the tank on the outhouse with an incinerating toilet which I’m sure is legal and does not need inspection. Composting toilet are also legal in Pennsylvania but most likely require inspection. The blue tank does not even have a hole in it yet. But it looks cool. When I permanently move here I will take care of residence legal requirements. At this time the cabin is actually still just a fancy shed.
I wouldn’t count on a very good garden this first year. The soil is pretty rocky and I couldn’t till very deep. Plus, even though I pre-sprayed the weeds, the area was covered with Milkweed. Milkweed is hard to get rid of. It is already growing back. I don’t plan on putting a lot of effort into it this year. If it does grow I may just let the wildlife enjoy it. By next year I hope to bring in some better top soil. I am amazed at how many edible wild plants are available all over my land.
I had a wreck caused by dehydration causing me to black out. (syncope) I was in a parking lot so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’ll cover a problem I discovered with too much pine needle tea. I’ll cover that later. I have done some repairs so the car is drivable.
Some of you may wonder how I write and post pictures “off the grid”. I cheat. I am off the wired grid but I still have cell service and a generator. Cell service is sporadic and I usually need to go outside to connect. But for writing I have these.
That is an 8 inch Ellipses tablet and a tiny Bluetooth keyboard. And behind that is a paper notebook and a couple of pens. I can also watch downloaded episodes of Grizzly Adams on the tablet.
Now that I know the old shed has tranformed into an insulated, heated cabin that can withstand the winter weather, I can officially call it a homestead. Lot’s of things to do such as building a greenhouse and preparing to put in a garden. Maybe even some livestock. Chickens or rabbits most likely but not cows. We’ll see. The goal is turn the place into a self-sufficient homestead.
But this January thaw and heavy rain has brought up another problem.
I need to dig a drainage ditch. With the amount of ground water I may actually start a spring.