This week I want to talk about being self sufficient. Now that you are thinking about Prepping and getting your family prepared for an emergency. The next step you have to think about is how are you going to sustain you and your family once your stores run out?
I know it is late in the season, but you need to start thinking about it for next year. How would you grow food so that you could continue to live if the world as we know it ended or if you just needed to be able to drastically cut your outgoing money because of illnesses or job loss?
I would recommend a couple of books to get you started thinking about growing food. The first is the classic Square Foot Gardening. The next one I would read would be Lasagna Gardening. Both of these books let you start to garden without a lot of effort and will provide quite a bit of produce for the family.
Once you have read those and decided that you need them on your bookshelf, then you would want to progress to growing other forms of food like chickens. Another book that recently read and then decided I needed on my shelf was the Backyard Homestead. A lot of great information on how to grow vegetables, fruits and some animals. It even gives you layouts for various size land plots. Plus it gives you recipes and some basic instructions for canning fruits and vegetables. It also gives you recipes for making cheese and suggestions for raising dairy animals like goats or small cows.
Another book is Five Acres and Independence. It gives you information for a larger farmstead, if you have the land. It was originally written in the 1930’s so it has some wonderful advise from that era.
So check out your library and see if you can get these books. Read them and start laying out your plans for next year. Some plants can be planted in the fall, plus Square Foot Gardening has some tips on extending the season for growing.
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome