Canning Salsa

Beginner Homesteading…

Since the day my husband and I got married, we have been working together to find ways to be self-sufficient and learn as many life skills as we can. We both grew up in families where gardening and canning were the norm. We started down this path very early in marriage, canning our first batch of homemade jelly our first summer of being married! We have come a long way since our first canning experience back in 2007…In the past 8 1/2 years of marriage we have learned and grown so much!

Summer 2015 Canning

Now that we have an entire acre of land, we have expanded our goals for ourselves. This past spring I started my new herb garden (which I will write about in a future post.) We have also already planted a few fruit trees (2 apple and 2 pear.) We will be making our first big garden at the new house in Spring 2016!! We plan to build a nice fence around it to keep our friendly neighborhood critters (deer, bunnies, groundhogs…) from mowing down our veggies! I am so excited about this because our space was very limited at our previous house so we were never able to plant as big of a garden as we would’ve liked!!

My Herb Garden

Some of our other “Homesteading” goals include getting our own chickens, planting additional fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, and grapes, learning to compost, and maybe eventually bee-keeping! I get so excited thinking about all of the possibilities!

Working in my Herb Garden

Aside from all of our bigger goals, I feel that it is always a wise decision to learn as many skills as you can. My husband and I are always attempting to learn new life skills as knowledge is often the most powerful tool towards self-sufficiency. Some things that I would like to learn to do are: sewing, crocheting, quilting, making soap, candles, and other household items. I would also like to start making more recipes from scratch rather than buying mixes from the store. My husband is always learning new “handy-man” skills. From wiring and plumbing, to building and fixing items around the house…he is always researching how to do something new! I am blessed to have such a diligent and motivated husband!:)

Canning Salsa

What homesteading goals do you have for yourself?
I encourage you to expand your knowledge and try something new! When something makes you uncomfortable, it usually means that you are growing. So step outside of your comfort zone and try something new today!

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