Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

For as many years as I can remember, my one constant was believing that one day, after I retired from the rat race, I would spend my days sitting on my porch, listening to the wind songs and staring contentedly at the mountains.  I even used this scenario in the groups I facilitated, designating this dream as my (for lack of a better term) “happy place.”

I finally retired.  Now, as I sit on my back porch, somewhere in the mountains in New Hampshire, I am still in awe and wonderment that I ever made it.  The quiet peacefulness is beyond awesome, the sounds of nature; inspiring and the view….

There are somethings that I should have realized when moving into the mountains.  Things like chinking the log cabin, prepping the gardens for winter, putting up several cord of firewood to keep myself from freezing and putting in a good supply of food stuff…just in case I can’t get into town.  The Farmer’s Almanac says it will be a bitter winter season with above average snow.  Average here is about 100″.  Enough to make things interesting.  Bring it on….I am finally home…




“Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler’s trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar’s garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If you are one that dreams of living a simpler life and have ever wondered what it would be like to live without having to pay for electricity, water and other services that our modern lives require, then read on. Understanding what it is really like to “Live off the Grid” is NOT as simple as many believe it is. Having some practical experience here, I can tell you that “living simply” is not “living easy.” Bit is it worth the effort? YES it is.


Living off the grid simply means having a self-sustaining domicile that is independent of outside utilities. While survivalists may initially come to mind, for many, the goal of living off the grid is simply to live healthier and leave a smaller carbon footprint. It also means you grow much of your own food, meat and fruits.
People that are trying to live a simpler lifestyle sometimes struggle with where to begin. Here are some steps to self-sufficiency that anyone can do; just make sure you have a well thought out plan so that you do not become overwhelmed.


1. Planting and growing your own food:
Some people who have never gardened before may think that having your own garden is a simple task. It is not. From determining the size you need to grow a year’s supply of food to preparing the ground, to planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing and storing your food supply, there is much work involved. But the benefits are: You grow your own food and rid yourself of store bought produce. You may also want to understand that growing your own food may be as expensive, or more so, than buying from farmer’s markets. There are some crops that take time to produce. Fruit trees, berries, asparagus beds, rhubarb and other crops may take from a couple of years to several years to get your first harvest.



2. Plant soft fruits :
Along with strawberries also plant raspberries, blackberries, blueberries etc.. They do not take up a lot of space and will produce fresh and tasty fruits year after year.

3. Plant a few fruit trees :
with modern day dwarf varieties that are available on the market today you can plant a few fruit trees that with pruning and training will be bountiful in several years without taking up much room at all.

4. Raise a few small backyard animals :
The amount of space required by a small flock of chickens or rabbit hutch is minimal and is a great source for nutrients for you and your backyard farm. There is nothing better than making breakfast or a cake with eggs fresh from the source. Plus they are a great asset with help keeping bugs and insects in check and will gladly take care of any extra vegetables or fruit from the garden for you.


Free PDF manuals to taking back your life.  Raising your own foods.  Next series will cover “Processing what you grow” and “Heirloom Recipes” for scratch cooking.




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