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Hello! Michelle here! Let me first say how happy I am to be writing this blog and getting back to my roots and living a simple life again. Growing up in Southern Indiana in the 70’s, my grandparents grew all their our food, well most of it anyway. They had two very large gardens and grew a multitude of yummy things. Corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage and onions were the main crops. Grandma had a wonderful flower garden as well.
Learning to preserve my own food from the garden, like canning and making jelly from strawberries. Make my own Herbal Remedies from my herb garden and this time write on the top of the lids so I can remember what I made them for and not on the sides, where they get messed up from the oils so I couldn’t read what they were.
Yep, I did that, had to throw out the whole batch, because I had no idea what I put in the jars. Yah!
I also want to spend more time in our Tiny Cabin in the woods.
Here is my list for 2017, so I can take a look back at this list next year and see how well I did.
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My Big Plan for 2017
This is my BIG PLAN for this year, see the links as I get things done!
- Fix the chicken cage, the wire fence around the cage is totally falling down, the past owners of the house didn’t dig the holes deep enough for the poles and one fell over. My chickens can now come and go as they please. But they are around 10 years old so they can do what they want. 🙂
- Get new chickens as stated above my hens are old ladies and choose not to lay anymore in their retirement.
- I also want to get some chickens for meat. Granny always had plenty of chickens for eggs and eating. I can’t wait to get some new chicks on CHICK DAY at our feed store.
- Be a much better garden grower and learn to can my veggies this year. I loved to get grannies canned green beans, can’t wait to put up for myself this coming year.
- Do something about all the weeds that grow up in the flower garden the previous owners built. A couple of years ago I had a run in with a big patch of poison ivy. I was moving some iris plants, that was growing in the edge of the woods. I wanted them by the house. Stupid mistake. I should have got my book out to see what was poison ivy and what wasn’t. I know what it is now! 🙂 It never bothered me before, but I guess with age things change.
- Make Extra Money I want to make more money this year, I’ve got a lot of things I want to get done. Need a new roof on the house and garage, build a barn for our tractor and campers. Our Heater/Air Conditioner crapped out, so this needs to be fixed before winter. In the meantime, no air conditioner this summer. Yikes!
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So that’s about it for my big plans this year, like I said we have a Tiny House Rustic Cabin in the woods, that is totally off grid, this will be the third summer and we’ve just about got it finished on the inside. We would like to add solar panels this year to it. I’ll be sure and give updates on that this year as well.
Goats Got the Boot
We did the Goat thing, but it didn’t work out. I got rid of the goats last year, they were very destructive so I won’t be getting any more of those buggers…Not for a while anyway. 😉
They were super cute but they peeled a bunch of our cedar trees. Goats need a very good fence or you’re going to wake up to something being eaten. They really loved my rose bush, it never had flowers the years I had my goats.
They would run from the cage to that bush every time we let them out, trying to keep them from peeling the cedar trees.
I’m thinking the chickens will be much better and maybe some rabbits later in the year.
Start A Side Business To Supplement Your Homestead
As you’ve already read. I’m an entrepreneur I’ve been self employed for most of my adult life. I’ve done everything from making stained glass windows for the Governor of Indiana to Raising Bugs for a living. I know how to make a quick buck or two. I’ve started my 100 ways to Make Extra Money page, that I’ll be adding to over time of all the things you can do to make extra money.
Getting a side business started will set you on the path to being able to live the life I live. Out in the country with my animals and not having to work a so called Real JOB! Oh I still work but in my “Fat Pants”. 😉
- Raise Mealworms for your chickens and then sell some to your local pet shops or sell them online. It is super easy to do and you don’t need but to buy one batch of worms for about $5. Put them in a bucket and forget about them. Easy!
- Raise Meat Rabbits. I’ve not done this YET! I’ve had my share of rabbits and the last ones had really long angora hair. They were Beautiful! But I still remember cleaning up the cages, so can’t get any yet. 🙂
- Raise Crickets, this is what we did for over 20 plus years and we made really great money doing it. Later this year I’ll give a little tutorial if anyone is interested.
- Raise and Sell chickens for meat and or the baby chicks. I read someplace that one homestead makes $1000 a month selling her baby chicks. Pretty cool! Might have to look into that now that I have all my new Baby Chicks!
- Grow a Garden and sell your fresh veggies and herbs at the Farmers Market. You could also sell your chicken eggs.
- Start a blog! That’s what I’m doing here and I have a 5 Day Start A Blog Course to get you started if you’re interested.
- Sell Your Old Stuff on eBay! That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 6 years, selling full time on eBay.
If any of this sounds like fun and you would like to jump in and do some Homesteading with me. Please comment below and tell me your plans and be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter. I’m also giving away a FREE 10 day herb garden eCourse with your subscription! I’ll see you on the inside!
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