Homesteading can sometimes seem confusing and daunting for those that don’t live this lifestyle or that are new to it all.
Today, I just wanted to go over some commonly used homesteading terms, what they mean and how you can find out more information about each term.
Popular Homesteading Terms Defined:
Companion planting is a gardening term that means planting items in your garden that work well together and benefit each other to grow more food. Companion Planting: Friends and Foes in the Garden
Compost refers to gathering food waste, household waste, and other products together to make new soil that is rich in nutrients to help your plants grow. Compost Household Scraps into Nutrient Rich Soil
Debt Free Living
Debt free living is more than just not having any debt (although that is good). It is about living within your means and saving so you won’t need to get into debt in the future. YNAB Update and the Importance of Being Debt Free
Deep Mulch Gardening
This type of gardening uses hay or straw (depending on where you live) to cover the soil around plants. This method keeps down weeds, uses less water and gives nutrients to the soil for healthier plants. Deep Mulch Method for Gardening Part 1
Awareness and preparation for any type of emergency including natural disasters, job loss or illness. This often includes a 72 hour kit, food and water storage and first aid lessons. 3 Steps to Jumpstart Your Emergency Preparedness
Keeping your harvest for longer than normally available is important in homesteading. Freezing, canning, freeze drying and cold storage are methods of food preservation. Food Preservation Series #3: Freezing Your Food
Making a large batch of meals that can go into the freezer and then cooked later (in a crock pot, Instant Pot or oven) is a way of meal planning for a busy family. Freezer Meals Take the Worry Out of Dinnertime
The basic definition of homesteading is returning to “the good ole days” of gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving food, raising animals and homemaking. Homesteading My Way
Meal planning is scheduling and preparing for your family’s meals ahead of time to save time and money. Meal Planning for the Busy Homestead
This often refers to certain breeds of chickens that are raised for 8-16 weeks (depending on the breed) exclusively to butcher for meat. Raising Meat Chickens on the Homestead
This often refers to certain breeds of rabbits that are raised for 10-12 weeks exclusively to breed and butcher for meat. Meat Rabbits: How to Get Started Now
A type of homesteader that uses modern conveniences such as dishwashers, Instant Pot, washers & dryers, etc to achieve their homesteading goals. What is a Modern Homesteader?
Using non-toxic, homemade cleaners to clean your house instead of store bought, chemical laden products that are harmful for your family. Quick, Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions with Natural Ingredients
Off Grid Homesteader
A type of homesteader that lives outside of society, and “off the grid”. This means they do not use city water, electricity or other conveniences. They often use well water, solar energy and other technologies to sustain themselves.
Gardening that does not use harmful chemicals and pesticides (or GMO seeds) to grow food. Beginner Gardening Series #3: Nurturing Your Garden
Milk that comes straight from the animal (usually cow or goat) which is not pasteurized or homogenized. 8 Benefits of Raw Milk and How to Get It
Food that does not contain chemicals or is highly processed. Food that your great grandmother would recognize as food. Cooking Real Food and Why It’s Important
This means eating food that is in season for your area and not eating the same foods all year round. Eating Seasonally to Save Your Real Food Budget
Saving your seeds from a good crop and using them again the next year. This helps you grow food that is acclimated to your area and will produce better. Seed Saving Basics: Replenishing Your Stash Each Year
Using seeds to start plants indoors before they are planted outside. This usually gives you a jump on the growing season for certain plants. Seed Starting for an Abundant HarvestIs homesteading confusing? Here are 20 popular terms defined. #homesteading #growyourownfoodClick To Tweet
I hope these terms and links have helped you better understand Homesteading and all it involves. Here at Our Provident Homestead, we hope to help new homesteaders find their place in the homesteading world. We want you to reach your homesteading goals, whatever they may be. Whether you are only able to practice a few of these or you go all in, it will be worth it to help the health and well being of your family.
Do you have any terms to add? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!