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Monday, March 12, 2012

homestead happenings

It feels like spring.  I think it might be watching the transformation of my yard over the past week go from a winter wonderland, to almost no snow in sight.  This has been an extremely mild winter.  We had a few large snow storms, but it seemed like the snow melted after a week, which is definitely not the norm in Maine.  I welcome it though.  This winter has been one of reflection for me.  And when spring comes, it seems like we are constantly re-evaluating our situation in our house, what we want to change for the coming year.  That is where I am today.  I am ready to get outside after working inside all winter long.  I want to get out into the gardens and clean them up, and I am ready to start planting seeds!


We have been thinking more about how to adapt in place, and make our little homestead in our little city work for us.  I look at people like the Dervaes family in Pasadena, California, and wish that we were able to transform our space to the same extent that they have.  I'm not entirely sure that is possible in Maine, but perhaps we can have a go!  And then of course there are farmers that have acres upon acres of land available to them.  We are neither of those places.


What I am wondering now is how much land would we need to be self sufficient on?  Not that we could be entirely self sufficient, but as much as would be possible.  I have an amazing book called The Backyard Homestead.  It has so much great information on maximizing your space, and producing as much as possible on a quarter of an acre.  Which is awesome, since that is about the size of our lot.  It has some intriguing ideas that I hope to put into practice this year.


But for now, I am mainly looking forward to cleaning up my garden spaces, and seeing how that goes, hopefully this week!  What have you been up to lately?  Is it looking like spring where you are?  How much land do you think is really necessary to live on?

I am linking up to the Barn Hop again today.  Such a great resource for information!

8 comments:

  1. It has been very spring like here in Alabama this past week. I'm pretty sure it will turn cold again though, it usually does.

    I have read the Backyard Homestead and it is a great resource.

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  2. I LOVE seeing the pictures around your place :) We're just starting to see daffodils popping up here and the pear tree out back is getting blossoms. GREAT to see. We've had a weird winter also---not too cold and random mornings of snow recently (even though it's only ever an inch or so). I'm ready for summer though!

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  3. I love your photos. It has been so dry here in CO hoping for mositure to help those little seeds along. Looks like you have a great place to grow!

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    1. I do really love our space. I have a large maple tree in the corner with roots that really reach out into the middle of the yard, kind of a pain since I would like to expand...we shall see!

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  4. Oh, you can produce a lot of your food in a lot that size! A wonderful book about backyard homesteading is This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow.

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    1. I haven't heard of that book! Thanks for the suggestion! I am always looking for new reads, and this one looks great :-)

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  5. OK so we have been working on this self sufficiency thing now for 6 years. I have acreage which allows me to raise cattle, chickens and fish but really my garden area is only 1/8th of an acre and I grow alot of food in that space you I think you have lots of room! Just start small and add little by little, that way you don't get overwhelmed. I do raised beds because to me it is easier and I just continually add compost (make a compost pile somewhere and add everything that will compost down to it) to the bed all year round. I have read that small is beautiful and it is true. I would spend way more time in my garden if my land was smaller and I didn't have to shlep myself over to it. Have a great time!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Last summer my son was 9 months, and my daughter had just turned 3, and the summer before that I was very much in my 3rd trimester, so I am hoping for good things this year! Especially since both kids will be able to be outside and helping a bit. They have their own little garden space, where my daughter typically will plant peas. They have so much fun outside, so I am hoping to get more done this year :-)

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