The No-Excuses Guide to Self-Reliance in the Suburbs
by Daisy Luther
Do you live in the suburbs but yearn for the farm life?
The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. There’s a guide that can help you realize your self-reliance dreams no matter where you live.
As most of you know, I moved last year from my 5-acre farm in Northern California to my little house in suburban Virginia so my youngest daughter could start college early. It has been quite a change to go from a huge property with chickens, multiple gardens, and a bubbling creek to a tiny little fenced-in yard on the edge of a city. But, I’ve made the best of it and had my biggest tomato harvest to date here in town. In fact, it’s almost April and my root cellar still has several butternut squashes from last year’s harvest, and I have a couple of jars of home-grown marinara on the shelves.
How did I do it?
I used a variety of techniques found in the book, The Suburban Micro-Farm. This is the best gardening book I own for making the most of a small space for growing food. The ideas in it are not only useful but also beautiful.
Best of all, there’s a brand-new edition for your perusal. This one is illustrated with inspiring full-color photographs that will make you want to go dig in the dirt immediately. And it’s out just in time for spring planting! (Check it out HERE) If you have permaculture dream for a small space, this is the book for you. It’s the kind of book you will refer to again and again because it is such a thorough wealth of information.
I guarantee that you will be shocked to learn how much food you can grow in very small spaces – and so beautifully that your HOA won’t get worked up about your vegetable garden. Whether you are brand new to growing food or an experienced gardener, you’ll find loads of ideas you will be eager to implement.
It’s more important than ever to be self-reliant, no matter where you live.
I’ve written a lot recently about how vital it is to increase your self-reliance because at some point, simply prepping won’t be enough. A lot of people have responded that they don’t live in a place where this is possible for them.
That is why it’s essential to learn to make the most of wherever you live right now. We may not always have a chance to relocate to our dream homestead, so we need to “bloom where we’re planted” and make the most of our property, even if it’s just a townhouse or a small property in suburbia. You’ll be shocked when you see exactly how much you can produce if you learn the proper techniques, like building good soil.
I strongly recommend you grab a copy of The Suburban Microfarm before you start your garden this spring. You’ll thank me when you’re eating your delicious, homegrown fruits and vegetables later this year.
About the Author
Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. Daisy is the publisher of The Cheapskate's Guide to the Galaxy, a monthly frugality newsletter, and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find Daisy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.