Today we look at homesteading and mainly producing your own food on small lots. I would define this as 1/20th to 1/4th of an acre. The average home being built in America today is sitting on about .11-.16 of an acre, or about in the range of 50-60 feet wide by about 100-120 feet deep.
Lot’s of people dream of owning more land at some point, but the truth is more land is more work. Even with three acres I am mostly focused on about 3/4ths of an acres on my property adn put 80% of my effort into about a quarter of an acre total.
I also grew up for a time in rural Pennsylvania. We had a garden of about 1/20th of an acre on about a one acre property. I always saw the farmers as having so much more land then us, most were 40-120 acre holdings. But those we knew as family friends when I visited them I noticed, that they had about an acre around their homes, and a garden about the same size as our own. Those 40 acre tracts grew corn and beans. This was the 80s by the way.
This has always been the way, the majority of what you produce for your own use, doesn’t really require much land.
Join Me Today to Discuss….
- Two big announcements
- Why everyone should intensely manage a small piece of property
- What to look for if you “settle” for a small lot
- The primary techniques for small land production
- Raised bed gardens / square foot gardens
- Edible landscaping
- Use the edges and value the marginal
- Back yard orchards
- Sprouting and microgreens
- Container gardening
- Plant propagtion
- Small green houses
- Wild foraging
- Hunting and fishing
- The way to think about all these techniques
- Think in layers
- Bring nutrients to the plants
- Succession planting
- Function stacking
- Productive livestock not pets
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