General, Grow your own

First month of Self Sufficiency

Wow it has been a month since I decided to start being more self-sufficient and set up this blog to share my lifestyle experiments and observations. Time has literally flown by.

I haven’t achieved a ton of stuff yet and it has been quite challenging transitioning from one way of thinking and living to another. Overall, I am pleased with the small steps I have taken in my new direction.

I thought it might be a good idea to highlight my efforts in a reflective kind of way. It feels like I haven’t been up to much even though I have been busy.

FOCUS: GROWING MY OWN FOOD

I Built an indoor window garden to help get my seeds started a little earlier. Results vary. TIP: Remember to water seedlings when it’s hot…

I recently joined a community garden and today planted up my 4 X 7-foot free plot with some potatoes, kale, peppers and Bok Choi. Looking forward to spending time with like-minded friends.

My home vegetable patch, currently 5 X 13 foot has evolved. I have decided to dedicate 1/3 of it to a more permanent fruit garden and bought a blueberry bush, and a raspberry bush to go with my strawberry plants.

I built a structure for my hops plants to grow up the side of the shed. The vines are growing fast now and I hope they produce some buds, hops or whatever. I am excited to make my own beer with them in the summer.

I harvested 2 pounds of mint which is now drying on a 25-foot string in the basement. I am going to make my own dried mint tea. I have challenged myself to see how much mint tea I can produce over the next 3 months.

I started an experiment on finding optimal growing conditions for kale.

FOCUS: MAKING MY OWN MONEY

I was commissioned to build a Tiki bar for a friend. It turned out awesome, if I do say so myself.

I took on a new bookkeeping customer back in April. Sadly, I had to fire them as our schedules wouldn’t line up.

Haven’t earned much from self-employment this month, but have learned a lot about business and myself.

FOCUS: SAVING MONEY / CUTTING COSTS

Having had some contractor quotes to work on our home, I have decided to take on some of the smaller jobs myself to save a shit ton of money.

We decided to boost the thermal efficiency of our home aka insulation. I am currently working on waterproofing, framing and insulating the basement.

I tried saving money the other day on parking by not paying. Not my most inspired idea, received a $20 ticket for failure to pay. Damn ticket wardens.

Not too shabby a start to self-sufficiency I guess, which is all I can hope for. Learning takes time and I don’t want to stress myself out. Stress is something I associate with my old way of living, it has no purpose here.

If there are any of the above topics you would like to hear more about, stuff I haven’t mentioned, or blueprints you’d like, let me know in the comments section or feel free to send me a message on the contact page.