The Backyard Homestead


What is sustainable living exactly – can one ever truly be self-sufficient?

No, probably not – at least not for most of us.

However, we can choose to live a more self-sustainable than we are living now.  And we start, with The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!.  Both myself and Mrs. TPOH have found this book edited by Carleen Madigan incredibly useful in beginning our homesteading journey.

If you’ve read the Pursuit, then you know that one of our goals is to have a rural property and slowly, but surely build an off-grid homestead.  We aren’t there yet.  That doesn’t mean though that we cannot begin learning the skill sets we’ll need in order to accomplish this.  Even in our current suburban, (evil), HOA slaved home we have a few lemon trees, an orange tree and 500 square feet of gardening space.  We were also able to create an herb garden in the front yard.

I will share with you a pet-peeve of mine because it has been a driving motivator for helping to establish the beginnings of a backyard homestead – and it is this: Grass in the backyard.  Worthless, water hogging, come-out-and-mow-me HOA letter inducing grass.  There are sooo many other wonderful uses of a backyard than simply grass and this book really helped me come up with different ways of using my yard to save money, eat a tiny bit more healthy and I am looking forward to implementing even more of these ideas once we have our rural property.

Have you read this book or do you have the beginnings of a backyard homestead?  Let us know in the comments.

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