The Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

You have decided that you want to homestead, or you already do…. a little. Now what? Once you start looking at blogs, websites, journals, Pinterest, you fall down the rabbit hole of overwhelm. There is so much to do, to make, to be responsible for! The result, is that you don’t end up doing any of it and simply just wish you did.

Sound familiar? It does to me. I also came up with lots of excuses as to why I couldn’t EVER do THAT! I forgot about doing it, but that nagging little voice in the back of my head kept telling me that I should homestead.

Where do you start?  The key is to pick one or two small things to make a change. Then after 30 days or so pick up something else

Start a container herb garden with no more than 3 herbs. As they grow USE them in the food that you cook.


Start a small garden with no more than 4 types of vegetables. As they grow USE them in the food that you cook.

Re-purpose old items. Instead of buying something new all of the time, and constantly throwing things away, re-purpose them. That old mayonnaise container? Wash it out and use to to hold something in your craft closet. Old socks? Use them for dust rags. Old chicken feeders? Turn them into bee feeders.

  Make you own __________________. Laundry detergent. Soap. Jams/Jellies. Clothes. Dishcloths. Bread. You name it. Pick one thing that you can make to benefit your household and do it.

So think about what is easy or smart for you and your family. Do it for 30 days and then add something else if you feel inclined, or just do that one thing and perfect it.

I’m going to help. This week I’m going to be focusing on how to start an herb garden and how to use it. This is honestly how I started my journey and it’s a great baby step. If you’re way past that, then you’ll enjoy some of the recipes I’ll share with fresh herbs. It’s going to be a fun week. Stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “The Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

  1. Dorothy Johnson says:

    Well, I grow three herbs that I use, I repurpose lots of items, give away what I can’t use, and knit cute dishcloths. But I buy my veggies at local farmer’s markets and enjoy a friend’s honey. I sure admire you and your family.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I should take this advice. I just bought a home which has three raised garden beds. My basement looks like I am a doomsday prepper I have so many seedlings….Going from 0 to 60 here.

    • says:

      Ha ha ha! I’m very familiar with that comment, Jocelyn. I totally get it. The next thing you take on though, maybe shouldn’t go so hard. However, I should probably take my own advice at times too! 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    Been there! I’ve gone from 37 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes to about 6 this year. It’s always “stressful” deciding which ones get my attention each year:) I’m into the “getting rid of phase” these days, realizing that I’m never going to use the upteen skeins of yarn I bought for those “upteen” projects I saw myself doing….and the list goes on.

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