Part 1: How to use your tax money for the garden/homestead
During the 2020-2021 stimulus handouts, I posted a small example of How to Use Your Stimulus Money for the Garden & Homestead. During this time, everyone felt the effects of lockdowns and wanted more control over their food security. Gardening and homesteading were on everyone's minds, and I started to get a flood of questions. We've been gardening and homesteading for about five years now. So, we were a lot more prepared for 2020 than most. We focused our time at home on increasing that security by creating a self-sufficient lifestyle that's continued for the past two years. Fast forward, everything seemed to level out and go back to normal. But, more recently, over the last couple of weeks, terms like supply chain, inflation, and low supply have begun to resurface. Are you still prepared? Or have you found yourself back where you were in 2020? If you are tired of depending on others for your basic needs, some of these suggestions might be right for you!
The average American gets a tax refund back at the begging of the year. So why not use that money to help you on your journey to creating a more sustainable life? If you want control of your life, you will have to take control of that money. The first thing we want to do is make a plan!
We have all arrived at the grocery store to realize that we've forgotten our shopping list. I don't know about you, but I automatically know I'm going to end up with a buggy full of stuff I didn't need and not the items I came to get. So, we need a plan!
If you are a beginner, I will cover the basics. If you have years of experience becoming self-sufficient, it doesn't hurt to get some reminders! You will want to read all the suggestions, and then at the end, start to map out your plan! While going through the different tips, think about the following: What is your overall goal? What do you already have in place? What will give me the most bang for my buck? What do I have time for, and which tip would be too much to handle? There will be 6 parts to this series, so keep in mind there might be one or more things you would like to incorporate.
Great gardens start with good foundations!
I wish I could tell you all you had to do was dig a hole, pop a seed in, and you've solved world hunger! But unfortunately, that's not the reality. I can tell you how to start with the proper foundation to be more successful.
If you are not sure where to place your garden you will want to check blog post out for some helpful tips: First Time Gardening?
You'll start with a good soil base, whether planting in-ground or in raised beds. Most people's soil is not already primed and ready for growing, so you will probably need to add the following:
You can purchase a trailer or truckload of topsoil, manure, and compost from your local landscaping/gardening center, farm co-op, or home improvement store.
Here is how we got compost for free!: Free Compost
In Ground or Raised Beds?
If you plan on doing an inground garden, location is key! The majority of the veggies you will want to grow need at least 6-8 hrs of sunlight. You will want to put your garden in an area that receives the most sunlight. You will also face your rows towards the south to take advantage of the most sunlight! There are a few more pointers in the First Time Gardening? blog.
Suppose you plan on building a raised bed, my personal favorite. You will need to make your structures first. Here is a link to how we built our raised beds:
Here is a video tour of our patio garden:
Now that you are motivated to get gardening this year, start planning the following:
1. Where will your garden go?
2. What soil needs do you have?
In part 2 of this series we will discuss plants vs seeds!
Keep growing and wandering,