A simple homestead-made potting soil.
Just a few simple ingredients you have laying around will help your plants thrive, so don’t be tempted to throw them away!. Nobody’s potting soil will be exactly the same, but as long as the key components are there it will work wonders. Are you like me and prefer staying home to going out? You most likely won’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to create a healthy soil for your garden.
I believe that I started becoming somewhat of a hermit in my 20’s.
One of the things about homesteading that is so appealing to me is the fact that I can just stay home and don’t really have to go anywhere. I know that is completely unrealistic, but I have been able to find ways to limit unnecessary time away from my home and family.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love shopping just like most other women. But, I am more likely to enjoy it when it involves buying things for fun, and occasionally not having 4
screaming smiling children alongside me.
I remember my mom always complaining about going to the grocery store.
I probably will never forget because she didn’t complain about much. It was just the monotony of loading the cart, then unloading it at the register. But that’s not all. You have to load it back into your cart, load it into your car, then unload it into the house and FINALLY into your fridge or pantry. It is so true! Mom (if you’re reading this and I know you are) maybe you’re the reason I decided to have a farm… I’m just kidding… but kind of not. 😉
I decided I would get animals to “simplify” the process, and now I deal with a different kind of monotony.
Feeding, scooping poop, milking, and collecting eggs. But there is incredible satisfaction that comes when I only have to walk into my backyard for our everyday necessities. If I need some milk, I can go get some from my goats. If I need eggs, we have an abundance and even the choice of getting them from our ducks or chickens. The pork and duck meat in our freezer is from animals we raised. Soon we will be able to add beef, turkey, and chicken as well. The goal is to be able to be as sustainable as possible, and know exactly where our food comes from.
This year I want to focus on our garden to see how much of our own produce we can grow.
We will mostly be relying on stores for our grains, and I still won’t have to go anywhere because I order all organic grains in bulk through Azure Standard. See what I’m talking about. I am most definitely a hermit. We haven’t had much of a garden since we moved almost two years ago. I miss my big beautiful garden so we are hoping to recreate it this year. Or hopefully even make it better!
The first summer we were at our homestead we moved in right as all of the weeds started growing.
We also acquired a lot of animals right away. I had to adjust to a twice a day milking routine while Gabe was doing a lot of traveling for work. In fact, I bought our first two goats in milk while he was on a trip. He might tease that every time he is gone for a few days there is a new animal in the pasture when he comes home. I have to admit that is has happened a few times, but only a few… The last time he might have come home to a cow… Although that summer was crazy I was able to cover the giant weeds in my garden with all of the moving boxes I had unpacked. That was the very beginning of our back to eden style garden.
Last year’s garden actually was planted despite me being sick and pregnant.
Unfortunately a few days later was one of the very few times the goats escaped from the pasture. They trampled the seeds into the soil and enjoyed a meal of my starts. A few months later I miscarried and have been dealing with a lot of health problems ever since. When I ended up having to go in for surgery, my dear friend brought her entire family up from Utah to take care of me. While she sat inside with me, we cooked and watercolored while her husband made a beautiful pallet fence around my garden. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to worry about silly goats again this year!
INGREDIENTS FOR A SIMPLE HOMESTEAD-MADE POTTING SOIL
- throw in some crushed eggshells, water that has been used to boil eggs, or bone meal – for CALCIUM and PHOSPHORUS
- a few helpings of used tea leaves, coffee grounds, blood meal or any composted deceased animal (I know this sounds morbid but it is the circle of life) – for NITROGEN
- several handfuls of epsom salt, wood ash or dolomitic lime – for MAGNESIUM
- 1 part sand or peat moss – for DRAINAGE
- 2 parts compost – Mine includes lots of poop from our chickens, horse, and cows. A pig’s make up is more similar to humans, so if you want to use their poop for compost you just have to let it age longer. Our goat’s poop can go directly into the potting soil, or right onto your garden. It isn’t “hot” like other manure and doesn’t need any time to break down before giving rich nutrients to your plants. Other than that it is filled with lots and lots of fruit and vegetable scraps.
Finally, mix everything together and get planting!
All of these components will help keep your plants healthy. You will no longer have to deal with yellowing or curling leaves, transplant shock, or even garden pests. The best part is that it will help grow delicious, healthy food for you and your family. Not only is it simple, it is cost effective too! What do you think? Are you going to give it a try? I will keep you updated on how our garden is growing and I would love to hear all about your garden adventures too!