Urban homesteading for beginners is the conscious decision to detach yourself from consuming daily and adding value to the space you have by growing food or raising animals. Regardless of the space, you can make the decisions that will benefit and build what you need; establishing an urban homestead. Tips to adding a small urban homestead and learn about the limitation of an small urban homestead.
My gardening journey has taken me to another level. I have made a conscious decision to add value to my garden through growing vegetables, hatching quails and raising them for both meat and eggs and, adding an english angora to learn more about fibers.
You can call it an Urban Homestead or Suburban Homestead., even a Small Homestead or a Mini Homestead. I am referring to a very small homestead, the intimate kind in which you flourish by growing and raising what is right for your daily life rituals. For me it was about my mental health and wellness.
I suffer from severe depression and the garden provided a connection to earth to benefit me daily. The benefits have been so pronounced that I took gardening to the next level. I also suffer from Hashimoto’s and knew that nutrition provided amazing benefits. Hence deciding to add and raise quails for their high nutrition.
Every decision on creating a mini urban homestead has purpose with a strong foundation to make it flourish. If you are thinking of starting a small urban homestead, read on!
Here are 5 ways I have been establishing an Urban Homestead
Small changes to your lifestyle make the biggest impact to begin establishing your small urban homestead. I don’t have a large area for a garden, therefore, what I decide to add needs to be just right for my personal goals. I cannot give up any space, every square inch needs to have purpose and provide what we need as a family.
- Try not to think about having it all, you are not a farm, you are a small urban homestead. Select what you are going to use most and provides exactly what you need to consume.
- Learn from others; gardeners, farmers and homesteaders. But even better, if you are wanting to raise animals, find a mentor that will take you through the cycle of the animals life, from hatching, feeding, healing and having a successful circle of life.
- Live to provide an example to others. Not in being perfect, but in the respect you have for the land and the life living in your small homestead. This also includes when treating pests. Consider preventing pests and if you need to then treat pests organically. Check out my post ‘Organic Garden Pest Control | MAKE IT EASY THIS SUMMER!; to find all of the details on pest control, pros, and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
- Understand that you will spend money on resources when you are first starting. This is not a way to save money when you begin, but to honor what you believe and what you feel passionate about.
- As you develop skill, also think about the food I would like to preserve for the months I can’t grow it. Freezing food and other very simple methods are important to learn as you grow as a gardener to have the least amount of food waste.
- Pass the knowledge forward by providing information and support to others. I have so many asking me questions now and I pass forward what I know in hopes that each person will encourage others and become another link to informing and transforming someone’s daily life.
5 tips to Start a Small Urban Homestead
We are going to go over things that are possible in a small and super tiny garden area to start an urban homestead. Here are 5 tips to get started:
- Add raised beds to grow food that you will consume and preserve.
- When making decisions on what food to grow, make sure you know you will have the storage if preserving. Keep it simple; pickling and dehydrating are my favorites.
- Save your seeds every season. Stop buying every seed and try to choose a handful of seeds that you are committed to saving.
- Add a compost tumbler, they are small and give you the best worm casting to add to your garden.
- Raise quails, they do not need a lot of space and consume a lot less food than chickens. Cities seem to allow quails much more easily, you just need to check with your HOA, if you have one. Check out my favorite way to eat quail eggs ‘How To Eat Quail Eggs | EASY AND DELICIOUS!’
Don’t worry about what others will say, you don’t have to be an expert and it does not have to be perfect. The important thing is to get started by taking small steps and adding something each year. You will be amazed how quickly you gain knowledge and experience to get to the next level.
What are the Limitations of an Urban Homestead
A very small urban homestead limitation is linked to space. But you can do amazing things in a small area by growing vertically, limiting what you grow to what you will truly use or preserve and choosing to raise an animal that will work best in your area.
Don’t think you need to raise goats, ducks, donkeys to be an urban homesteader. We need to stop placing limits and encourage everyone to do what works best for them. Not everyone can have land and may have limits. Each of us making small changes that benefit earth and our lifestyle is extremely critical.
11 Ways How to I start Urban Homesteading?
Here are a few ideas to add to your garden to transform it into a mini urban homestead.
- Grow edible flowers; calendula and nasturtiums.
- Grow food you will use; Salad greens, tomatoes
- Raise Quails for meat and eggs.
- Add a compost tumbler
- Grow herbs to dehydrate; basil, cilantro, chives are great!
- Learn to do your own Sourdough by using the dry sourdough starter so it won’t be so much work.
- Learn to pickle vegetable such as cucumbers, nasturtium seeds and even quail eggs.
- Dehydrate your flowers for tea and as snacks for you animals.
- Add edible flowers to enhance your eating experience.
- Use every part of the eggs or plants you can, such as egg shells for calcium for the quails and nasturtiums you can use every part of the plant; leaves, stems, flowers and seeds.
- Add dwarf fruit trees in pots; avocado, Kumquat, key lime, huckleberry and banana.
I have around 600 square feet of garden with neighbors all around me. This may limit me, but it does not stop me from learning how to use it and benefit my family. Understand how to design it, value it and make it succeed for you and not to compare to anyone else.
It is your space, your garden, your life.
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