In homesteading, most preppers place an emphasis on being ready to bug in, in case of a natural disaster. While this is well and good, self-reliance should be just as much of a goal as prepping for the worst, even if what you have is a fairly small homestead.
The goal is to be as self-reliant as possible, where you produce, process, and store your own food. If done right, even a small homestead can give you enough resources to last you through most natural disasters. (h/t to MDCreekMore.com.)
Even without SHTF, learning to use tools is a necessary life skill. You can’t always depend on someone to fix whatever breaks in your homestead, especially in the case of a long-term disaster. Naturally, this means having to procure the right tools as well. You may need to spend some money, but consider it a worthy investment that will benefit you much in the long run.
You can approach local businesses that specialize in the skills you want to learn and offer to help for free in exchange for instruction. Most business owners would welcome the offer if you can assure them that you’re really just trying to learn, not become their competitor later on.
There are many ways to go about a prepper’s garden and the right one will depend on factors such as your needs and the type of growing environment your area offers. In any case, the basics remain the same – plant, nurture, harvest, and eat.
As a prepper, your goal for your garden must be to grow as much produce in as little space as possible while putting in minimum effort. Keep in mind that when SHTF, you may no longer have time to tend to your garden. A good idea is to keep a thick layer of mulch on your garden at all times. This keeps weeds at bay and nourishes the soil as the mulch rots. Just keep replacing the mulch once it has decayed into the soil. (Related: Important things to consider when building your new homestead.)
Now you may want to keep your garden hidden from people who are interested in your produce. Here are tips for concealing your garden:
Perennial herbs regrow every spring and make for a great investment. You can also plant berries, nuts, and fruits as they tend to be low-maintenance but provide high returns.
As with your garden, you’d want domestic animals that you won’t have to care for that much. Here are some of the best animals to keep in your homestead:
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