Getting off the grid, sounds nice and will be so easy, right? Not really.
In the last couple of years as I am slowing learning and converting my ways to get off the grid I have learned many things and one is that its a full time job. But what was expected? No work just because of solar power meaning no huge power bill, not having to have money to pay? Plant the veggies and they just grow?
If you have a vegetable and herb garden, If you have livestock for meat, if you have fields to keep up on your homestead its work, If you can and freeze your own food, its a full time job.
Seems there are factors that have not been thought about when I began to plan this journey of getting free power and water, growing my own vegetables and fruits, etc.
That is sickness
Last week one of our own was in the hospital and I had to hire someone to just come by and feed the dogs and cat. The grass has grown up, everywhere, vegetable garden as well as in the backyard where the dogs live.
Next I need to think about the rain and/or drought, these are acts of God and cannot be controlled.
Regroup and Plan
While I will be off the power grid and on well water, soon than later, it may be at a smaller place and not to far from town. A large homestead is not needed to accomplish the goals you make in life, I wont leave the property vacant but I would rent to other like minded people, that will make it a farm. I will be thinking a lot about this part of life this year.
While home canning seems to be the way to go, I also think that having a greenhouse to grow fresh foods all year round is idea for my needs since I eat many of my vegetables raw.
Its May 29, 2017 and I just got back home from a four day absence, this place is grown up! However, I still walked the dogs, took a little time to show them I missed them as well as all the love they were showing me.What was disturbing was when I put them into the back yard after our walk I had to stop and pick off all the ticks that were climbing my socks.
Around the garage I am getting the smell of death, not all the time but more than not and that is the sure sign I have a snake there and he is letting me know to back off. Not happy about that!
The vegetable garden needs the grass and weeds to be pulled or mowed down, I think it rained a couple of those days, plus an all day off and on rain today.
I have plenty of tomatoes and I am now seeing baby bell peppers.
The cucumbers are looking like cucumber plants now as well as the okra.
The squashes have really grown, but they are fast growing anyways.
I have three different plantings of sunflowers, all look so healthy. The marigolds will soon need separating.
The sage I transplanted has taken to the area really good and looks better.
The third sowing of bell pepper seed has nice small plants, soon they will go into the garden for bell peppers till frost.
Ahhhh, blackberries! They are beginning to turn, Yum!
The power bill
I have been tracking the cost of power for a while now and finding ways to cut back as much as possible, being this is a large place I do not expect it to get to low.
I never expected for this bill to be $26 cheaper than last month. I am happy that my efforts are paying off, I owe $130.25 for 30 days of power.
Now if I can make it get to be 1/2 of what it is now I can say that I have accomplished something huge.
What is going on around your homestead?
By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry