Backyard Gardening and
Urban Farming for Self-Sufficiency on Small Acreage
gardening advice for those who
want to learn how to be self-sufficient
on very small area, even if you only have a fifth of an acre. You don't
need a large homestead! You can go homesteading
in your own backyard leading to backyard self-sufficiency!
Instead of dreading mowing the grass
every weekend why don't you turn it into something useful? This type of
backyard gardening has been revolutionized with the economic downturn,
where more and more people aim to grow their own organic vegetables and
be self-sufficient. So why don't you start to Grow
Vegetables and Fruit? organically? Use natural
pesticides to protect you and your family's health
and redesign your garden and give it a better landscaping plan which
includes a place to grow some food.
With backyard gardening or urban
farming you can grow your food without the use of pesticides. Improve
your soil with a simple worm farm and make
compost in 4 months.
I came across a video the other day,
which I have put up on my Free Farm Videos page of a family that did
just that, in fact there are several interesting videos showing other
families, but the one that really grabbed my attention was the video of
a man and his family living in suburban California, who were
urban-homesteading. Not only did they
manage to be totally self-sufficient with vegetables, keeping
chickens, goat's milk, herbs,
etc. with their
backyard farming efforts, but he was also able to sell his excess
produce, make ethanol fuel from his vegetable waste - all on one
fifth of an acre!
Now that is not a big piece of
property, by any stretch of the imagination, and admittedly, he
redesigned his backyard and turned it into something productive and
usable, but he also turned his front yard into all things edible.
What if you only have a very small
piece of land, not big enough to swing a cat in? So what? You need to
think inside the box, including
those who live in flats and have access to small balconies; even you
can grow herbs and vegetables if you wanted to. So what do I mean by
What if you have that extremely small
piece of land which is even smaller than a fifth of an acre? Well, you
can still go urban farming and backyard gardening. You won't be able to
milk Daisy the cow every morning, but you can still grow vegetables and
herbs, by growing them vertically, rather than on the ground. With this
backyard gardening style you will need to build boxes, or trays, deep
enough for your vegetables to grow, about 10 inches is fine, and then
build them into vertical frames with space in between for the sun to
get to them. For tall growing plants such as tomatoes, green peppers
and egg plants, those should be grown on the very top tray.
Think about other options for backyard
gardening, backyard self-sufficiency or urban self-sufficiency by
planting a couple of fruit trees or even growing some grapevines in
your urban garden. There are a number of dwarf fruit trees available
now which are perfect for small yards, gardens and growing in tubs on
patios. There are videos on these topics too for you to have a look at.
Even if you have just a small balcony,
you can also have these frames and grow your vegetables in the same
way. Or buy some pretty window boxes and containers and grow herbs and
salad vegetables in those. What about a strawberry barrel or two? Growing
vegetables in containers is one way to go. Another
way to grow vegetables in a small space is to growing
vegetables vertically to save on space.
If you are interested, have a look at
his video, and if you want to do something similar, remember, no one
will stop you planting fruit, herbs and your backyard vegetables, but
check your by-laws to make sure that you can keep
chickens and livestock in your municipal area. And
if you want to sell your vegetables, you will have to get a trading
license. However, if you merely swap your produce for services that
others can provide, then no license is necessary.
Remember, you don't need lots of land
for backyard gardening and self-sufficiency; you just need, sun, soil,
water, and determination to succeed!
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