Homesteading may sound for many people, especially those who live in the city, like a faraway dream. Making plans might not be in the cards for you, as you don’t see how you can do it. There can be many different myths surrounding homesteading, and our goal is to debunk them and offer you a short guide on how to start.
Start by getting used to thinking in more straightforward terms
While you might expect our guide to starting with practical tips such as where to find the right property, how much land you should purchase, and the like, we want to begin with something that you can work on at any moment.
For successful homesteading, you need the proper mindset. Some people homestead on a tiny patch of land, and they are happy with what they have. That being said, do a little soul searching and decide if this is what you want to do.
Try getting used to simplifying things. It may look like you are needed for many things and tasks multiplied by ten when you start homesteading, but the key to being happy with your efforts is to start thinking at a smaller scale, and in simpler terms.
Grow a bit of food on your own
To see if you are made for homesteading, or better said, if homesteading is for you, start small. Grow a bit of food on your own. Yes, you can do that even if you live in an apartment, and you are yet to purchase a patch of land where you can grow vegetables.
Grow some herbs in pots. Learn about those that do well even when grown indoors. Seeing your food grow will give you a sense of satisfaction that cannot be replaced by anything else. If you have a balcony, start your project there. And, if you can afford a small garden plot, exploit that to the maximum.
Read and learn
As a homesteader, you need to know a lot of things. That is why you should prepare for being a perpetual learner. Besides learning how to grow food, you need to learn how to preserve it. One way of learning about various vegetables, what soils and climates help them thrive and the like, is to read magazines and books that specialize in advising on the topic.
Another great way to learn is to get in touch with other homesteaders and learn from them. Some of them keep blogs, or vlogs, and share their knowledge with other people. You will have a lot to learn from them.
Become a skillful home cook
Growing your food is one part of homesteading. Turning the veggies you grow in your garden into meals is a different stage. Tend to your small garden and don’t forget to start small. This will give you plenty of time to adjust to the demands of turning your kitchen into your kingdom.
Learning about how to preserve your food and how to cook will make you a more successful homesteader. Don’t forget to take it slow. Such skills, while not overly complicated, do require some time to learn.
Search for free land opportunities
You may put your homestead plans on hold all the time because you’re worried that you don’t have the money to purchase a patch of land. Besides the fact that you can always start with a small patch and you do not necessarily have to buy acres and acres of land, here’s another idea. There are areas where land is offered for free. Take advantage of such an opportunity and start from there.
Learn about carpentry
Besides growing veggies, you also need to learn how to build almost everything you might need. One significant advantage of this advice is that you will end up saving a lot of money.
Choose whether you want to raise livestock or not
Some people want to grow only vegetables, and maybe a few fruit trees. But others are interested in raising livestock as well. For the latter, the best advice is to start studying. Whether it is raising chickens for eggs or cows for milk, you will have some great opportunities to explore.