• DIY,  Urban Homestead

    DIY Raised Garden Beds

    The beautiful thing about gardening is that you can be completely creative with how your fruit and veggies are grown. There are many different container options for growing. When plants have plenty of room to grow along with the nutrients needed, they can be grown in almost anything. Some examples: tires, plastic totes, pvc pipe, barrels, pallets, milk jugs, large yogurt containers, gallon ice cream tubs, etc. Your raised beds can be as simple or as complex as you like. I could go on for DAYS about how many different containers you could use and recycle for growing plants. What we chose to do. We decided to use recycled wood…

  • Urban Homestead

    Composting

    What is compost/composting? In order to really learn how to do something we first need to understand all aspects of the topic. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that compost is “a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land”. The act of composting is “to convert a material, such as plant debris, to compost”. Composting is vital in the life of a homesteader because you remove the need to purchase chemical fertilizers, you’re no longer throwing away organic matter, and you will have great soil for future crops. The EPA has an amazing article that really goes in depth about composting. You can…

  • Urban Homestead

    15 Ways to Apartment Homestead

    People tend to think that because they live in the city they can’t homestead or embrace the homesteading lifestyle. I am here to tell you that if you really want to, you can. We lived in an apartment for a year and we dehydrated food, made wine, shopped at the farmer’s market, foraged for wild blackberries, and had planter boxes on our balcony. We tried a small aquaponics system, but we didn’t have the extra money to really invest and make it work properly. While we embraced the lifestyle a little bit, we definitely could have tried more of these options. 1. Learn to live with less. This is one…