Using Every Space To Garden
Sometimes I dream about having many many acres of homestead with a several acre pond, many acres of woods and large open fields on which I could make all my gardening dreams come true, but sometimes I really enjoy the fact that I am an urban homesteader who is extremely limited on space. Why would I enjoy that you might ask, because I love getting creative and facing challenges, I love creating new places to grow things, finding solutions to the problems, seeing just how much food I can produce on this small property.
Some of the ways I have found to do this is going vertical by using trellises and hanging pots for all my vining vegetables. I also like to create gutter gardens to hang along my fence, these work well for my strawberries and leafy greens. I also place a raised bed or a large planter anywhere where there is more than six hours of sunlight and try to efficiently use every available space. One of the realities of living in town is that much of the space you have available is usually shaded by your house so you have to get creative and think about what you can grow that is productive in these spaces so I am finally trying my hand at some mushroom growing.
I mention all this hopefully to encourage and inspire others that are in the same situation I am in, use what you have, make the best of it and who knows, you might just find that your little urban homestead is the homestead you always dreamed of having.
Soooo Much To Do
I’m not gonna rant about the 10,000 things I have to do this weekend. I’m just gonna express myself in order to get a proper perspective on the fact that I have an overwhelmingly huge number of things to do and the weather has not been cooperating with rain nearly everyday for the last several days as well as being forecasted for later today. My list of things to do keeps growing because things keep breaking, maintenance comes due, weeds and grass keep growing, stuff wears out, where does it end…. I am not ranting, I actually love it, Spring is my favorite time of the year, yes it’s busy around here, as I am writing this it is 5 a.m. and I am waiting for the sun to come up so I can get started and I am almost excited about all the work I have to do today. …and yes dear I will try to get the brakes put on your car today, just let me add that to my list.
Why I Think Every Homesteader Should Have A Blog
Are you a beginning homesteader or have been for a while? If so and if you don’t already have a blog or website then I believe strongly that you should have one. Here’s why.
- It helps you by creating a journal of your homesteading journey. These memories are precious and so are the lessons you learn along the way. You will look back and be amazed at how far you have come and possibly be amazed at where you were in the beginning.
- It helps you to brainstorm and come up with future plans and ideas for your homestead. I can’t even tell you how many completed projects there are on my homestead that first began by me sharing the idea on a blogpost and working out the idea in writing. The research you put into a post does a lot to educate you and prepare you for the project.
- It is a help to others on the journey. We weren’t put on this earth to just be all about ourselves but to help others on their journey as well. It is strange to me sometimes how writing about my life can help someone in their life, but it does, so some tell me anyway. It can spark inspiration and motivation, give ideas, teach them how to do something and allow people to learn from your successes and mistakes.
These are just a few of the reasons I think homesteaders should be putting their journey out there for the world to see. But some might say that they wouldn’t know where to start and I would say that’s pretty much where we all start. There are a couple different ways to go about it.
One way to get started is to go the free blogging route, I would say this is a legitimate option and you can use wordpress.com or blogger.com as a couple options and get started right away but understand you will be limited on what you can do with these free options and it will be difficult to make the jump later when you want to take your site to the next level.
Another and I think better option is to spend just a little money and start a website that offers you limitless options as to where you can go with it. I love the wordpress platform so I would suggest it as your best option. You will need a website host and I use Bluehost and have for several years without any trouble. They make setting up your site easy and there are plenty of Youtube videos out there that can help you get going with ease and you will be writing posts in a matter of minutes. When designing your website you are only limited by your imagination but remember not to get too lost in the design because the content is what is most important.
I hope you will consider starting your very own website and I look forward to reading about your homesteading journey, and if you do then let me know and I will share it for you and help you get started with sharing it with the world.
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