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A Journey To Preparedness & Self Sufficiency

Location:  PITTSBURGH, PA

Day Job:  Supervisor @ school bus company

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnips

Animals:  Chickens, Our next addition will be rabbits, then bees then goats

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  We have always wanted to become more self sufficient. We're finally seeing a difference. I'm trying to document what we're doing at: http://tight-wad.blogspot.com/ The picture is land we purchased to build our homestead for retirement.

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  • Posted by: Up and Growing on December 18th, 2014 at 08:54 pm

    Congrats on FotD

 
  • Posted by: Wong88 on December 18th, 2014 at 06:02 pm

    Nice pictures

 
  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on December 18th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Congrats to you again!

 
  • Posted by: A Journey To Preparedness & Self Sufficiency on April 29th, 2013 at 04:59 am

    UPDATE: Strawberry plants are in and growing nicely. Husband isn't finished with my raised bed covers yet (to protect garden from free ranging chickens) so everything else is in containers.

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 28th, 2013 at 07:49 pm

    Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your message from the end of March. I've had trouble getting on the site. You're right that our growing seasons are similar. The usual time for planting annuals here is the May 24 weekend. I prepared my raised beds today and I'm going to plant some greens by seed. My tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, basil, and some spinach are growing nicely inside getting ready for the end of May.

 
  • Posted by: A Journey To Preparedness & Self Sufficiency on April 11th, 2013 at 05:16 am

    Strawberry plants and raspberry canes arrived. Then we had a severe thunderstorm and the ground is soaked! Hoping to plant tonight after work.

 
  • Posted by: A Journey To Preparedness & Self Sufficiency on April 4th, 2013 at 08:08 am

    We ordered Tartarian and Bing dwarf cherry trees, Golden Delicious apple, Jonathon apple, Bartlett pears to start our orchard.
    Raspberries and strawberries are on the way too.

 
  • Posted by: A Journey To Preparedness & Self Sufficiency on April 4th, 2013 at 06:28 am

    Here we are, in April and this morning the temperature was 16 degree F. The water in my greenhouse was frozen.
    Onions, broccoli and kale all look to be surviving. I really need to be transplanting this weekend!

 
  • Posted by: The Micro Farm Project on April 1st, 2013 at 08:44 am

    I enjoyed reading about your homesteading plans, and am a little bit jealous of your land! Fantastic! Good luck with all of your plans.

 
  • Posted by: anutsoup on March 30th, 2013 at 09:14 am

    Hi Responding to your message. We have about 0.7 acre. Has our house and a large detached garage included. I fenced off the back part of the yard and the area behind the detached garage and that is where we keep the 2 miniature nubians and 10 hens. We have one escapee hen who can jump/fly up to the gate. I plan to clip her flight feathers soon. Their isn't feeling in the feathers. So mine do not have total free range, but they have lots of space.

 
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