Over the past few weeks I have been repeatedly coming back to the idea of homesteading. The idea has intrigued me for a long time, but I know I would never last long-term...I like my conveniences a little too much!
As defined by the trusty Wikipedia, homesteading "is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency...characterized by subsistence agriculture [and] home preservation of food..." Basically, it is being able to be completely self-sufficient by producing everything you need for yourself including food and energy. Wouldn't that be handy right about now!
So, with this being said, I decided to look up why people decide to make homesteading their lifestyle, and I found a list called 7 Reasons to Start Homesteading Today. Here are the Cole's Notes:
Well, here are my 7 Reasons to Have a Garden:
1. It connects you with your food
2. It tastes good
3. Gardening is easy on the budget
4. Gardening provides security in hard times
5. It's hard
Yeah, I'm putting this one on my list too. Gardening doesn't have to be hard, but to do it well it takes work. Growing up, my parents and grandparents shared a garden plot at Eden's community gardens. We had fantastic produce each year, and often more than we needed. What I didn't know at the time was when my grandpa couldn't sleep, he and grandma would go to the garden to water and putz around--probably pulled some weeds and checked on all the plants, too. Then came the time to harvest, and we would spend hours in the hot sun picking cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, carrots, you name it! Then we would make pickles, tomato sauce, salsa, and other preserves, which seemed to take forever when I was 10. My sister and I probably did a fair bit of complaining too...but it taught us a lot!
7. Gardening will change your life
I had always thought that gardening was just a lot of work and wasn't something I planned to do when I set out on my own. Well, here I am, bit by the gardening bug bad! I love my fresh produce. I love watching my plants grow! I love taking care of them!
So, at the risk of sounding corny, Keep Calm and Garden On!