“Things don’t always work out the way you plan.” My mother-in-law used to say this to my husband all the time.
I have been learning that alot lately. I’m feeling like a homesteading failure this week, and I wanted to share with you why. I don’t want my readers to think this blog (and homesteading) is all roses all the time. I want to share the good and bad of homesteading so that everyone knows what real life homesteading is about.
My indoor plants didn’t do well this spring. Here’s why:
It was very overcast and cool this spring. I put the plants by a large sliding glass door, but they didn’t get enough light. They also probably got too cool at night next to the glass.
Next year I will be investing in grow lights and have a big set up in the garage. They will be out of the way in the house and will be able to have as much light as they need.
I did not plant the cool weather vegetables this spring:
We have had horrible weather this April and May. Cold, rainy and very windy. We even had snow yesterday and this morning! It’s the middle of May!
My schedule has been very busy. I am working at the local Middle School this year. My kids are running in a million directions with baseball, scouts, track and other activities. It seems like anytime I have time to get in the garden, it is either bad weather or we have an activity going on. So frustrating!
So what is my plan going forward? I am going to start the summer vegetables on time (hopefully) at the end of May. Hopefully the weather will warm up by then. I am going to save my cool weather seeds for the fall and plant them in August. I will just have to get my lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard and other cool weather veggies at the farmers market until then.
My husband and I have also discussed starting aquaponics on a small scale in the garage this summer (we have windows in the garage) and maybe getting a greenhouse next year. I would love that because it would take out the worry of weather for my spring and fall veggies. Of course, this will cost money that we don’t have right now, but we will start saving for this new goal. And as soon as we get started with aquaponics, we will let you know on the blog so you can see what we are up to.
Why do I share these things with you? Why don’t I just sweep the unpleasant stuff under the rug and move on? Because I want this blog to be real and authentic. I want you to know that things don’t always work out the way we dream and that’s ok. I talk in this post about how sometimes your homesteading dreams don’t match your budget. This time I wanted to talk about how failing in one aspect of homesteading (today it would be gardening) doesn’t mean you should give up all together.
We are going to have set backs in homesteading (and life in general). We are going to get sick, have an animal die, have a crop fail or 10 other things that could happen this year. The main idea is to not give up but keep moving forward. Adjust your plans and keep hope for a brighter day. I am not giving up on my garden plans and you shouldn’t either. You don’t have to be perfect to be a great homesteader, you just have to keep trying.
What have you been failing at in homesteading? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
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