Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

Well, let’s just say suburban homesteading in the winter is…well, it isn’t, actually. Doesn’t seem like there’s much to do during the winter if you’re not living off the grid, or raising animals, or building chicken coops, or whatever real homesteaders do in the winter *wink*wink*. Actually that’s not entirely true. Because we live in a subdivision with regulations, we talked about finding a barn or some land to lease. I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was to find a barn to rent! Right outside our subdivision! I could walk there! It was a match made in heaven!

barn for rent

Boy did my bubble burst when I learned how much they wanted a month for that thing! OOF! I can’t tell you how much I’d like to have a chicken or two. But I guess we’ll have to let that dream go for another year.

Then I started hunting for public garden space. Again, because we live in a subdivision, and since we had a decent yield from last year’s garden and we’d like to plant more this year, and because we’d like our kids to have some yard to play in, we thought we’d look into finding a community garden in which to plant (was that one huge run-on sentence?).  I found a nice plot near our town center.

PC public garden

But, again, I was disappointed to find out it was not an option for us, this time just because all the plots were already reserved. Sigh…

So what’s a suburban homesteader to do? Make. It. Work.

That’s right, folks, we’re just going to get creative! It’s a suburban homesteader’s mantra. Our distinctive. Our…I dunno. It’s just what we do.

We’re back to making plans for container gardens, and making (better) use of our raised beds. And we are going to do a little bit larger plot in the ground. And don’t forget our other goals for 2013.

It all starts tomorrow.

Hubs doesn’t know it yet, but he’s got a date with the tiller. Bright and early on what promises to be a fabulous Saturday morning!

Wakey, wakey…hibernation is OVER and WE’RE BACK!

Happily Homesteading!


10 thoughts on “Wakey, Wakey…Hibernation is Over!

  1. Vertical planting is definitely a space-saving idea…and strawberries/herbs can be planted in a recycled pallet, set vertically.

    Too bad you couldn’t find the space you want to expand!

  2. I’ve heard of an interesting some urban farmers have found space: Older couples with gardens often find it difficult to keep up with maintaining their yard and may be willing to let you use part of their yard for your farming if you maintain the rest of the garden for them.

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