Urban Homesteading Basic Training

With 2012 upon us, many more people are looking to save money and live healthier.  Sustainability is on more minds lately, and more people are getting started with their first garden or flock of urban hens than ever before.  I don’t claim to be an expert, but I am completely willing to share my successes and failures with others.  The last five years have given me enough experience that I at least feel comfortable offering up a quick and dirty urban homesteading boot camp for others just getting started.

I plan to run a series of posts for at least eight weeks, possibly as many as ten.  Here are the topics I have planned for the next few weeks.  I also am completely open to discussing other topics if there is an interest in them.

Week 1:  Vegetable Gardening
Week 2:  CSA’s and Eating Sustainably on a Budget
Week 3:  Menu Planning in Season
Week 4:  Composting and Using Compost
Week 5:  Backyard Hens
Week 6:  Making Your Own Household Cleaners (by request)
Week 7:  Top Bar Beekeeping 101
Week 8:  Water Bath Canning

I’m hoping to also have a post about other kinds of urban livestock, and possibly cheese or yogurt making.  What else would you like add to your homestead skill arsenal?  What projects do you have this year?  Are you just getting started or going beyond the basics?

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12 thoughts on “Urban Homesteading Basic Training

  1. Vanessa

    This sounds great! Looking forward to reading, and learning. 🙂

  2. How exciting!! I’m looking forward to your posts!

  3. I’d love the hear about what varieties you’ll be planting in your vegetable garden and how you decide how many of each plant to put in.

  4. Christie

    I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog! We are very much in the beginning phases of homesteading (just got our first real backyard last May), but are planning our garden expansion for 2012 and just got our very first chicken coop. I’m looking forward to ALL your posts on the above topics, in other words!

  5. Ooh, what a great idea! We’re not homesteaders, but do have as many veges in as we can fit and are really interested in improving the soil and stuff, so this should be interesting!

  6. This is going to be fun! I’m especially looking forward to the beekeeping since that’s something we’re not doing yet but want to do soon. I’m trying to do more blogging…mind if I tag along occasionally? Get inspired by what you write and write something on the same topic? Most of mine would be “as one of those others just getting started…” 😉

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  9. heather

    I’m loving your blog! We are also in Denver and I have a full front yard garden. Our short growing season and extreme temperatures make for a tough learning curve, but I’m getting there! Thanks for all your advice and help!

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