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Homesteading: Your version?


Since we can't do as much actual homesteading as we'd like here, our version is as follows.

We can't have any small animals. Our Chow, Buddy would kill them..so, no chickens, ducks, or anything such as that. Our garden is about the extent of our homesteading, at the moment. I do a great deal of canning in the summer as well as freezing some of the veggies.
We heat with propane, and our water comes from a natural spring that feeds our well (it's really good water, too....sweet).

Since we rent, we can't really do a lot to the house as far as solar panels and such for electricity. Our house has no insulation at all in the walls, so it's a bit cool in the winter, and hot in the summer (we don't have a/c, and don't really want it, except in the den here where the computer is ...I can't get too hot or my blood sugar drops drastically).

Anyway, our veggie garden, my herb garden and us canning all summer are about the extent of what we consider homesteading.

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Hmmmm. My homestead.... it's likely to remain a dream, unfortunately.

Still, I'd love a cottage, with wind power and solar energy, at best being completely independent from other sources. It would have a great place for my desk, so I could write with the homestead layed out before me.

I'd like to have some chicken, although I think they are dumb. Still, they taste good, and I love eggs, too. Not so sure about ducks, but geese would be great, too.

I like milk, but having a cow will probably mean way too much milk. So, maybe goats, if I can get used to the taste. A pig or two for eating and taking care of leftovers (and occasional plowing duty). Rabbits for meat are also included. I'd love to have a horse, but that may or may not happen.

The garden would have potatos (in great numbers), vegetables and fruit trees. Quince is a must, but also apples, cherries and plums. Oh, and strawberries. And herbs, for teas and seasoning.

I don't think I'll go as far as trying to grow grains, aside from corn, maybe. Wheat, rye, oats or barley is just too difficult, and they are cheap to buy.

Aside from the garden and the animals, my homestead will also have some woods and plenty of hedges. (The house may have a fireplace, too.) A pond would be nice, but a creek would almost be necessary. I'd even try to have some fish in pond, although I'm not very partial of sweetwater fish - well, trout are fine, but they don't usually do well in ponds.

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I know there is alot more we could do but every little thing we do helps. We use an outdoor wood burn to heat the house. We save most of our seeds to use the next year. I can most of our veggies to eat. We raise our own beef so we do not have all the chemicals. Various poultry, rabbits so we have eggs and more then beef.

I think ours is more a mindset, we know how to do things so we could go off and survive if we had too.

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Firle, your dream homestead so closely matches mine it's not funny....lol.

If we're talking about our dream homestead...
A 2 story (or at least story and a half) log cabin, set up on a hill, deep in the woods. Enough clear land for our veggie, herb and flower gardens. At least one stocked pond, and a spring fed well. Solar powered, wood heated, with multiple fireplaces as well as a wood burning furnace. A huge deck overlooking the pond, and a sunroom where the computer would be set up, totally surrounded by glass that could be opened in the summer. The house would have 3 bedrooms (ours-with a fireplace, a guest room and a room for my Witchy stuff), 2 full bathrooms, eat-in kitchen with a fireplace, livingroom with a fireplace and a place set up in the sunroom for reading (the bookshelf, comfy chairs, etc.) NO a/c, but solar powered ceiling fans. Would have a gas powered generator just in case.
Animals would consist of, of course the pets....3 dogs and our 2 cats.
Goats, for eating and milk/cheese/soap, Cattle for meat and milk, ducks for eggs, chickens for eggs and meat, not too fond of geese...they're mean, at least 2 horses...work type and can be ridden for pleasure, maybe a pig or 2 for food and, as Firle said, take care of leftovers.
Garden, of course would have green beans, peas, corn, radishes, onions, tomatoes, bell and hot peppers, beets, okra, lettuce, turnips (in the fall), potatoes (something we've not tried yet), carrots, ...basically what one would purchase if they didn't have a garden. We too save seeds from year to year, which helps on the cost of planting, but sometimes they get to the point you just gotta buy new. Oh..forgot squash!. My herb garden would house mint, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, basil, lavender, hysop, fennel, and anything else I thought I'd use in cooking, making bath salts/oils, and my spellcraft.
This is the basic ideal homestead....probably forgot a lot, but this is the basic.

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I'm probably inspired by John Seymour. He has a book where he lays out the "perfect" homestead, on about 2 acres, I believe.

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nice thread. One of my favorite topics -- homesteading.

what we have now: a very small log house on 10 acres. Intensive square foot garden with all kinds of vegetables (most of them), a small herb garden that needs some help, and flower gardens that are really growing and adding so much to the house. We heat with wood (have indoor woodstoves). We have backup electric heat (off peak) too. We try to be conservative in resource use. We have a few chickens, and two male ducks. We did have bees but they are tricky to keep here -- the weather is unpredictable and can be cold. We process lots of food, hunt and butcher deer, and buy local beef. I like to save seeds, too, and am always sharing starts and seeds with my girlfriends (and it's funny how we find each other -- many of my girlfriends here have the homesteading mentalilty in one way or another, anyway.)

what we would do to expand the dream: restore the pond. It dried up in this year's drought. Possibly, eventually add solar panels, when or if it can be afforded. Plant more fruit bushes and trees. We have a few berry bushes, and two new apple trees. Maybe a few new chickens. More land, maybe? That may be a dream.

Mostly what I am really enjoying is my increased capacity (I think) to be happy with what I have, and to learn new things, and to enjoy our land and home. it is a mindset. It's a big passion in my life.
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Cat, your post gave me goosebumps. Don't know why..maybe your passion is just showing through.

And..it's very good to see ya!!! emoticon emoticon

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I designed our house. It's a combo of passive solar, wood burning, natural gas and grid electric. Our animals are smaller so the kids can handle them at butchering time, and so we can store extra meat "on the hoof" instead of having to have excessive storage facility. 90% of our meat is from our farm. No hormones, antibiotics or feed pellets. Only forage and supplements of whole kernal corn and oats. Sheep, pigs, geese, chickens, turkeys, an orchard with Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Kiefer Pears, Georgia Belle peaches, Reliant Peaches and another strain of peaches, Manchurian Apricots, the nut trees are too young to be producing yet but there are chinese chestnuts, heartnuts, pecans, hazelnut and almonds, the gazebo serves as a trellis for kiwi and a place to hang the carcasses for butchering. Due to nerve damage, I've not been able to plant a real garden for a few years.
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Ranting..your place sounds amazing!!

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Ranting, indeed, this sounds absolutely great.

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