gardening,  The Great Outdoors

Self-Sufficient Living

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and it very much interests me.

Self-sufficient living would be an ideal thing these days, as I think there is nothing more satisfying than being able to provide for yourself. Over the years, as I was growing up we’ve had a horse, chickens (meat and egg layers), a miniature goat, bunnies, and many dogs and cats.

I’d like to get back to those days of old, where you provide the majority of your meal through your own hard work. Can you imagine the self satisfaction you’d feel? Providing for yourself? Not only that, but I find working with plants and animals to be therapeutic.

Here is the kicker though – I’ve never done anything like this before. This is a completely new adventure. I am sure I will fail multiple times along the way. I also have a lot of research ahead of me before I get started on this venture.

I am going to give my self lots of time to get comfortable with this, and perhaps, I will stop at step one? Finding step one so satisfying that I excel and grow into that deeper.

(Step one by the way, is planting a garden.)

Perhaps I will become so enamored in gardening that I will just become a Master Gardener. I’d like to take it further and learn to can goods (something I’ve yet to do), as well as raise chickens of my own (meat and egg layers both). Now none of these so far frighten me, but here is the one I really want to add in, the one I think it will take some serious research before I can add it in to my many becoming self sufficient ideas. I’d like a milking cow, a Jersey cow. Miniature horses, aren’t off the table either, or perhaps a pony.

We’ll just have to see where this goes, but for now let’s just start with some research…and perhaps a garden.



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