This lifestyle is not for everyone, especially those who do not like hard work and getting hot a sweaty and being in shape without a gym.
For me the hardest part is learning to grow and preserve my own food. This is time consuming but I have learned over the years that I feel better eating what I grow and I control the salt and sugar, and hey! I can pronounce what is in my food.
The homestead at this time is a vegetable and fruit producer, not a farm with any animals besides a couple yard dogs and a barn cat. However, I do have a hunter in the house and he does bag a deer or two per winter and I do freeze or home can the meat. At times he will bring in a rabbit or squirrel. Homesteading is also about what is in season, on the blog I write I find some weeks hard to have a subject because if its fig time, you work those figs, same with the greens and okra.I tired the greenhouse last year, I was so happy to have a greenhouse and the thoughts of growing food year around was thrilling. Then I caught the flu and no one was able to walk down daily to vent it, so everything died 🙁
Click here for : How to home can greens
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So do not listen to all the so called “experts” because those black water filled drums does not keep it warm and if you do not open the plastic on warm days it gets to hot and sweats, when it sweats the plants freeze to death at night. Photo shows the drums before I painted them black. Learning to live free on a homestead is trial and error. No two homestead are alike.Since I have been here I have started with a small solar power set and it has came in handy when the power went out, but I want full solar and I am sure I can mange to live in the big old place and have plenty of power with solar.
I have yet to get a well drilled and the reason is not just the cash, its I am not sure of this will be my forever homestead, I am thinking about down sizing and making this place something else, maybe a maple tree farm or pecan grove, both would really be good for an income.
How about you, do you live on a homestead?
For more about how I live Click Here : Learning to live free
By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry and Pixabay