So it occurred to me the other day that I could spend months dreaming of my homestead while we try to find a home to purchase, or I could start homesteading now.
I’m kind of a “bloom where you’re planted” sort of girl, so when I realized it was going to be feel like torture to wait for our new place I thought… why not start now?!
So I looked around my apartment to see what I could start with and I realized that I could most certainly start a very small vegetable garden. I mean, with California food prices, this girl has GOT to start growing some food of her own. So I went to the farmers market and purchased 6 different vegetable plants. I can’t even begin to tell you how good that felt!
I brought home my little lovelies and set them outside overnight. The following day, I purchased some containers and soil and started planting with my son.
He took the plants out of the small containers, and placed them in the bigger ones. Then, after I finished topping them off with new soil and compost, he did all the watering. He took his job very seriously and we both came back inside all wet and muddy to prove it. I love moments like that.
So my new little garden has the following vegetables:
- Large Cherry Tomatoes
- Small 100 Cherry Tomatoes (I know my little guy likes to snack right off the plant and these will be perfect for that!)
- Zucchini, green
- Zucchini, yellow
- Red Bell Peppers
The brown pots are my pathetic attempt at growing garlic. Something that is apparently much more difficult to do than Youtube would have you believe.
It’s not a lot, but it’s a start. I’m hoping for lots of zucchini because I want to make dehydrated zucchini chips this summer. But I’m not holding my breath simply because when we removed the plant from the small container, the stem practically fell off. It didn’t have very good roots. So we’ll have to wait and see on that one. Then, of course, it started raining so my veggies got an extra dose of water. Hopefully not too much!
My next project will be dry canning. Oh! And demystifying oxygen packs. I just cannot figure those things out!