Homesteading has grown in popularity over the past few years because it’s proving to be a unique and eco-friendly way of life. If you have the opportunity to become a homesteader, then you should really consider it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It may put some people off, but the idea of living off the land and becoming more self-sustainable can be really enticing.
Unfortunately, homesteading isn’t the most practical way to live life if you’re currently used to the inner-city lifestyle.
For example, you might get regular power cuts, the internet isn’t going to be really fast, and there are other things that you might be used to which just aren’t available out in the countryside. As such, some people might find it impractical to try homesteading. While there are plenty of reasons to homestead, we wouldn’t suggest it to someone that already has a lot of responsibilities at home.
With that said, we’ve decided to put together this practical article to explain how much you should really be DIYing when you start homesteading. While living a self-sustainable lifestyle is a huge part of why people choose to become a homesteader, there are some areas where you can certainly rely on others to make it a little more practical and comfortable, especially if you’re just getting started.
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Always start small with farming
Before you decide to move out onto a farm and start growing your own food, make sure you actually know what your doing. It’s not as easy as just throwing seeds into soil and waiting for food to grow. You need to plan ahead for different seasons and you need to check if the soil is actually suitable for growing food. Make sure you look up gardening tips and advice on growing your own food before you take the plunge.
As a side note, it’s perfectly fine to go out and buy some food now and then. Yes, it’s not exactly in the spirit of homesteading, but does it really matter? It’s perfectly fine to go out for food in emergency situations or to make things more comfortable as you’re getting started. After all, it takes weeks and months for food to even start growing. Everyone needs to start somewhere!
You don’t have to do everything yourself
It’s fine to trust the experts every now and then. For example, you don’t need to build your own barn, house, garden, or anything of the sort. Nobody is going to expect you to cut down a tree on your own and turn it into a fence or something. It’s fine to use a commercial horse barn builder and to hire a service to help you raise a building or something similar. It’s perfectly fine to rely on outside services to get started and how you decide to homestead is completely up to you. Don’t listen to people who criticize you for not doing every single thing on your own.
However, if you do decide to build your own barn or house, then it’s best to get a little practice first. It can be dangerous to wield power tools, so make sure you’re trained in their use and follow every safety precaution there is.