For people who are trying to lead a simpler lifestyle, guidelines are very important since most people struggle with the process initially.
Self-sufficiency is a skill which can be very hard to master, but the following 15 steps can help you minimize the amount of effort and struggle.
Having a well thought-out strategy for self sufficient living is very helpful in avoiding being overwhelmed.
15) Plant Your Own Garden
This step can be the first building block of the mindset you are trying to achieve in order to walk along a simpler path in this chaotic modern world.
The cost food keeps rising at an alarming rate, and it will have an imperative impact on the financial situation of many families.
Most households struggle to increase their family income only to compensate for the food on the table.
Most people may not have a lot of land to grow their own food, but looking for a space inside your home can help too.
There are numerous options when it comes to growing plants in small footprints, and it’s a great way of off-setting the rising grocery expenditures.
Better yet, it can help you get one step closer to your sustainable future plan.
14) Food Preservation
This probably comes under the same category as planting your own garden, but it can be referred to as the next big step.
When you have a garden that produces sufficient amounts of food for your family to consume, you have to develop some food preservation skills to ensure they are retained for longer usage.
These skills will be your guiding light along the whole food growing and preservation process on your journey to complete self-sufficiency.
A good way to attain these skills is getting in touch with a farmer, and discussing all your concerns along with their pitfalls and benefits.
Try tips and tricks that can help you save money, and look for bulk buys when it comes to harvest.
If you are not growing your own food, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and other such staples can often be bought in cases from grocery stores.
Then you should can these items for long periods of storage and later use.
13) Plant Your Own Herb Garden
There is nothing that can be as good as fresh herbs, and when you compare their prices with their dried counterparts in the market, you’ll understand the difference.
You need a very small amount of space for a mini-herb garden of your own, so why not, right?
12) Grow Soft Fruits
Try planting blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and other kinds of soft fruit besides strawberries too. They don’t take up a lot of space and are perennials so you will not have to replant them each year as you would vegetables.
11) Fruit Trees
There are a lot fruit tree varieties that you can grow and with a little bit of pruning and trimming, have a good supply of fresh home-grown fruits.
It’s not much hassle for bountiful years for a long time to come. It can take a few years for many types to begin bearing fruit, so plan accordingly.
But once they begin growing fruit, you will have it year after year.
10) Learn the Art of Saving Seeds
You can purchase heirloom open pollinated plant seeds and learn how to save the leftover seeds you have from this year.
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The leftovers can easily be used next year during the season, and believe it or not, I’ve actually heard of people passing down their family seed stock for more than a hundred years.
When it comes to self-sufficiency, this is a home-run skill to have.
9) Invest in a Dehydrator
Dehydrating the food that you grow will go hand in hand with food preservation and storage.
You can try your hand at fruit roll-ups, jerky, dried fruits and so on. Dried fruits can be a very healthy and tasty snack, and they pack a lot of nutrition.
Let’s be honest, how much space would a small flock of chickens, a hutch for rabbits and maybe even a goat in a corner of your backyard?
A few meters of space can give you a constant supply of eggs, milk, meat and more.
7) Compost Everything
Statistics say that almost 30-40% of food in America ends up in the garbage, and all of this trashed food can be changed into compost by being added to a compost pile.
Leaves, paper, grass, everything can go right in. You can use the compost in gardens, horticulture and agriculture. It can be used as a soil conditioner, fertilizer and as a natural pesticide.
6) Try Making Your Own Alcoholic Beverages
Wine, beer, cider, all of these libations can easily be made in your own garage, and just think of all the money you can save. You’ll be able to make a barrel of beer for the price of two industrially manufactured bottles, and that’s something every man would love.
Wine is another beverage which can be made easily. Homemade wine is great because you can experiment with it, and add your own flavors. You can throw in anything like Jasmines, tomatoes, roses, etc.
5) Learn to Fish and Hunt
Learning to hunt game can be a great skill for troubling times. To become truly self-sufficient you need to be able to feed yourself and your family and proteins are an important part of a balanced diet. In addition, other parts of the fish and mammals can have other useful benefits. Bones can be used for fish hooks, needles, buttons and more. The fat can be used to add calories which can be very important in a survival situation. Feathers can be used for bedding or clothing.
4) Start an Apiary
From the sustainability perspective, bees can be very helpful in your garden but most people leave the option out because of fear. These little workers are very capable of efficiently pollinating your plant life, and you can have a fresh supply of honey, along with beeswax, which is also very useful. Beeswax can be turned into soap, candles, polish and more.
3) Collect Rainwater
You can use this water to feed the animals and the plants and more. Rainwater can be very helpful, and you won’t have to waste clean water where rainwater can compensate.
2) Make Your Own Soap Too
Laundry detergents, hand soap and dish detergents can be made very efficiently. Making your own soap is a great step in self-sufficiency as long term living off the grid will definitely require clean bodies and clothes.
1) Try to be as Debt-Free as Possible
Debt is the modern form of slavery, and we as citizens already pay too much of our hard-earned cash in interest.
Get rid of the credit cards, start investing in experiences, and leave the materialism behind.
It’s going to be rough, but you’ll get through. You can’t be self-sufficient while also paying on your debts every month.
There are many more ways to become self-sufficient. These 15 tips are just the start of your new adventure.