It’s been about a year that I have become interested in homesteading. I mean I have always said I wanted a farm or ranch, but 2014 was the year that I really got involved and learning about the hows and whys.
This time last year, I thought, I’m going to get some chickens and throw some seeds in the ground and there will be my farm.
UM…..NO! Doesn’t work like that.
My chickens have had illnesses and injuries. I have also had to do things to heal them that I never thought I would ever do. (Hello, bumblefoot surgery!) I also ran out and bought 12 chicks without having a plan for a coop.
And guess what my seeds didn’t grow very well. In fact nothing did! All of my plants would start off strong and then stop. My dirt is mostly sand and not enough nutrients.
I started off thinking that for 2015 I would expand. I would get some pigs, ducks and anything else I could convince my hubby to let me have. I would double the garden and eventually have enough to feed us and sell.
But in the last few days of looking at my garden, I realized I needed to take a step back. None of those dreams are going to be possible without a little research and preparations.
So I readjusting my goals for the year.
- Add a few more chicks (layers) and add some ducks.
- Tear up the majority of my garden and start working the dirt. I am getting some worms and adding compost and other nutrients.
- Start composting! Build a compost bin.
- Research caring for pigs, find a butcher and locate local organic feed.
- Try to go back to basics on as much as possible (food, cleaners, and hygiene) and continue to remove all GMO products from our house.
Don’t try to do everything at one time. Take the time to research and know what your doing and why your doing it. In the long run, you want to become self sufficient and time is your friend. Because the more you rush, the more screw ups you’ll have and the more money you would’ve wasted. Eventually not seeing progress and seeing money fly down the toilet will make you want to give up and quit.