Have been reading some of my favorite blogs this morning – Root Simple, Weeding for Godot, Holy Scrap Hot Springs – and have realized a big HUGE difference between what they all are doing and what I’m doing. They are all working towards their goals as a team. They have converted their homes, be they a small lot in LA or an acre or so in NM, to what they both are dreaming about. Here, my DH is still very appearance conscious. And as much as he enjoys showing off my veggie garden and the greenhouse, he also wants to backyard to look like a backyard and the front of the house to look like an ordinary home in the neighborhood. So no big rain barrels, or veggies in the much larger area of the front yard. Instead, it sits barren.
Now, on one hand I agree with him, as the front yard would have to have major fencing as the Javelina roam through the area at night. Also, we do have a decent home business that has nothing to do with homesteading (we restore carburetors for vintage cars), and he wants us to remain low profile in our residential neighborhood. Our back yard is small and being the desert, I don’t want to chop out the naturilized vegetation either. So am filling the natural spaces with various types and styles of growing areas; all of them being a variation of container growing. Just some of the containers are really big!!
But it does mean no chicken coop. Not sure I’m ready for killing and skinning rabbits – not sure I could handle killing chickens, but fresh eggs would be nice. And I’ll borrow land for the bee hive and the container garden to expand our abilities.
So meanwhile, I’m doing what I can to help us eat better, and keep up the appearance he wants us to present.