My goal is to use this forum to share encouragement and inspiration for healthier eating through garden harvest and cooking from scratch more non-processed foods and for treating your family, friends, neighbors, strangers, animals and the earth with kindness.
Kindness is essential in our daily lives.
I will share weekly a new post with a message of how powerful kindness really can be.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Homesteading Made Easy
If it's easy for me, it's easy for you. Raising dogs and cats - easy peasy. Raising chickens - a little more difficult. Planting and maintaining flower beds - a little more time consuming and good exercise. Planting a vegetable garden - lots more time, some knowledge and a strong back (depending on how large it is) and excellent exercise. How large it is depends on how much you want to plant in your garden. If it's for immediate use only (harvesting and eating your crops throughout the summer) you'll require a smaller area. If you're wanting an abundance of crops for preserving (canning, freezing, dehydrating) plan on making it larger. I'll share with you how last year I didn't have time for a 'real garden' but had a super abundance of tomatoes and basil from the patio plants I planted in strange containers. Successful gardening in previous years here on my homestead produced an abundance of crops that were used for canning, freezing and dehydrating. There is a great sense of accomplishment when looking at the canned carrots, string beans, tomatoes, pickled beets, relish, and various kinds of jelly on the shelves in the cold storage room.
Canned tomatoes, string beans, rhubarb jelly, green tomatoe relish, and maple syrup.