|Posted by Live Love Mom on March 26, 2020 at 8:50 AM|
by: Stephanie McEndree
Becoming self-sufficient takes a lot of time and effort, and is often expensive to set up. If you're one of those people that can afford to get started, by all means read on!
Get livestock. Whether you are backyard farming or you've got acres of farmland to use up. it's a good idea to get livestock. You can get cows and pigs if you live on a farm or a ranch, or you can start small with chickens, goats and meat rabbits. Remember that it will cost money to build or buy a chicken coop, a pen for the goats and a place for the rabbits. They will cost in feed and vet bills as well as heating in the winter. Be sure you can give them a good quality of life, especially the ones you are keeping for the long haul like the chickens (for the eggs) and the goats (for their milk).
Plant crops. Be sure your soil is of good quality and start planting crops. Potatoes and tomatoes are always good ideas because tomato plants produce lots of produce, and potatoes can be replanted to create more sprouts. Remember not to plant your entire field, you should plant on 1/4th of the field and rotate every year so as not to use up all of the nutrients in the soil.
Plant an orchard. Fruit trees produce hundreds of fruit once they reach maturity. You will have more fruit than you know what do do with! You can use for example the apple cores to plant more trees and to use as compost as a natural fertilizer.
Build a greenhouse. This allows for food to be grown year-round, whether in-season or not. This maximizes the food you can put on your table at all times of the year.
Learn to hunt. Sure, you will have to get licensed to own a gun and take some courses, plus buy a hunting rifle, bullets and other hunting items. However, if you can afford it or if you have this already, you can go hunt during hunting season without worrying about going to the grocery store. Be sure you know how to skin and gut your prey. Use all parts of the animals; tan the hide, boil the bones in a broth and eat the meat.
Learn to fish. Get a fishing permit and some fishing gear and bait and go fishing in your local pond, river or lake. Learn how to gut a fish and prepare them so you can provide your household with a fresh catch for dinner.
Install solar panels. Get your water, pool and electricity from your solar panels. Install them on your roof and you will get solar power every day for about 12 hours a day.
Dig a well. Get it done by a professional and make sure it's legal before you do it. But having access to your own spring and some water will reduce your water bill. There are also clean lakes that are marked safe for drinking. Grab some jugs of water and fill them up so you can use it for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing and watering.
Have a root cellar. This stays cold year-round and can serve as a sort of fridge. You can keep your produce fresh and cool. It's better if it's away from the house as it can be very humid and culture some mold. Be sure you use a dehumidifier, ventilate it well and clean it often.
Grown an edible lawn. Remove your grass and have a clover lawn instead. You can pick as much clover as you want and eat them in salads. They also only grow to a certain height so you never have to mow them. If you want to keep your grass, keep the grass you cut and dry it out to make some hay for your livestock.
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