I plan to have a homestead out in the woods and I currently live in a house in town with a small garden. There will be a lot of work we need to do in preparation for the big switch, so we had better start somewhere soon.
Living in town our whole lives, we have little to zero homesteading skills. Therefore, our first step will be to learn everything that we possibly can about everything homesteading before we dive head first into the middle of nowhere with no skills. (We have barely started looking for a potential homestead site, so we have a little time)
The Man and I have spent the past 3-4 years learning as much as possible about what we think we will need to know when we start the process of leaving town. Once we sat down and read all the books we could read and watched all the documentaries and how to videos we possibly could, we need to start getting some practice.
I have been experimenting with many skills such as different ways to grow a garden, collecting my own water, using more hand tools rather than electric, and simply using the clothesline rather than the dryer. Anything we can possibly learn now rather than when we get to the land is one less skill that will be piled onto the huge mound of things that we will have to learn as we go.
There will still be plenty to learn when we get there because there are obviously many things we just can’t do living in town. We can not have a cow or start building until we have the land. Those are both going to be huge learning experiences, so if I’m not learning to grow tomatoes at the same time it will greatly increase our chances of success. By the way, if you are like us in the way that we just can’t afford to buy land immediately, you will have plenty of time to get some serious studying in.
So the very first thing I did was to learn how to grow a garden. I have had quite a learning curve here and the first couple of gardens were rather pathetic, but a great learning experience either way. It showed me how much I really had to learn before I could feed myself. So this winter, learn all about gardening. Lasagna gardening is a great topic, which kind of seeds not to plant so that you could potentially save your own, composting, mulching, hoop houses, keeping plants hydrated, etc. There is plenty of information to gather so that come spring you are ready to plant.
When you do finally plant your garden, pay attention to all the details. Remember, you are trying to learn this skill as well as you can so that you can be at least somewhat good at it when it comes time to plant your first homestead garden. Take the time to do everything how you think it hould be done and see what happens. If your garden grows amazing your first try, it will be a huge confidence boost towards becoming a hmesteader. If you don’t exactly have a gren thumb and your plants all wither and die, then figure out why it happened, figure out what you can do different, and try again next year. Be sure to learn new things either way. It can only help your in your ultimate goal of becoming a homesteader (or just having an awesome garden).
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