Uh oh, it seems I infringed on a trademark by using "urban homestead." Urban homestead! There, I said it again.
My urban homestead consists of three hens, a scuppernong arbor, wild grapes, and elderberries. There is a nice garlic every year, but I have yet to pull it up. That is a sad little urban homestead. Oh, yeah, there are hickory nuts, but they don't count! They are useless. They only serve to roll as I step on them and make me off balance. They stain my fingers if I try to pick them up. I would just starve to death for all the sustenance I could get for them. It would take more calories to crack and pick out the meat than I would actually be able to consume.
Soon, I hope there will be all sorts of plants here, enough to make a difference in my life. What does it take to make a difference in my life? Plants grown without pesticides make me happy. The fruits of my labor being canned, frozen, or dehydrated. I do recycle and participate in other activities that make me more self-sufficient.
If Thelma stays broody, we may just have some hatching happening. Then, I will have baby livestock on the old homestead!
What I plan to plant:
red and yellow peppers
roses with hips for vitamin C
sunflowers for seeds
I desperately want an Excalibur dehydrator. I need a new pressure canner. I am buying 1/2 gallon Ball jars. I believe I have plenty of the other sizes. Hopefully, I will be dehydrating and storing in canning jars. Or, I will be water bath or pressure canning.
My barrel is opaque and white. So, the barrel will need paint before I can grow potatoes.
On my agenda: dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and eggs.
I am very afraid, but I will try canning meat this year.
Before the summer is over, I want to make a quilt. Maybe I will take to wearing a bonnet. However, I will NOT be carrying water or birthing cows. Okay, I don't have a cow on my urban homesteading lot. That really sounded homesteady didn't it?
By the way, click here to find out what the "urban homestead" issue is.
Do you have an urban homestead, no matter how modest? Do you strive for more seff-sufficiency?