Homesteading: The Plan – How

Previous posts: Getting Started, Why, Where “The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” In our case, we were dealing with a layoff and couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. It was then we asked ourselves, “why are we in this over-priced house on a tiny lot, living beyond our means?” I…

Homesteading: The Plan – Why

As I wrote in the first part of this series, Homesteading: Getting Started , we consider the “why, when, what and how” of homesteading. Today we’ll look at one of the list items on the plan – “why”. Be sure to check out the links at end. If you are considering homesteading, the “why” is…

Homesteading – Getting Started

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. You’ve got the itch but don’t know where to begin? I can relate. Everyone’s circumstances are different….

Growing Techniques – The Garden

When we first moved to our four acres from the suburbs, we had some great expectations. I was raised in the country with an orchard and garden and many acres that needed maintained so I knew how much work it would be. We had visions of a huge, bountiful garden providing us food, ripe, juicy…

The Backyard Revolution

With an ever encroaching government prying into our personal lives, mandating purchases for products we do not want, regulating, monitoring, and controlling nearly every aspect of our day to day living, maintaining, or even retaining, freedoms seems like a hopeless endeavor. The system wraps its tentacles around everything good it seems and sucks the beauty…

Sustainable Gardening

With Summer upon us, though you wouldn’t know it today as it is rainy and cool, I am planning for Fall. We increased our garden size this year but had not planted the new section. A voluntary massive pumpkin plant popped up only to be devoured by an army of squash bugs. The other section…