Before you pick which plants you want to plant on your homestead, take a moment to do some homework about what kind of environment they like and what their needs are.
The first step is the Plant Hardiness Zone. This is a map that takes into account the average annual extreme minimum temperature of a location to determine which plants will live there. (Does it get too cold or not cold enough)
This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. So a florist designed a way to grow trees (and plants) in harsh climates using these energy-free buckets that protect the plant and slowly water the plant to give it a 90-95% chance of survival.
If you're growing trees in a dry environment, cold environment, or just want to increase yields and survival rates of your plants, invest in a couple of these and you'll be happy you did.
Trees are the anchors in a food forest. Make them count by picking a variety of fruit and nut trees to feed yourself and the animals relying on you.
Here's a list of dryland fruit trees that I put together many years ago when I was looking for trees to plant on my Food Forest in New Mexico.
An essential way to gain self-reliance while living off the grid is by starting a food forest. Everyone likes to nibble on some sort of snack or chocolate from time to time. Well, a food forest could be the answer to just about everything food. In case you are wondering what a food forest is, it is a system which focuses on producing food through the method of agroforestry. This would mean that in a food forest, a lot of edible fruits can be found on trees, shrubs and many more plants.
Living off the grid can be one of the best decisions you can make if you enjoy being more independent, paying fewer bills and being completely free.
In order to truly be self reliant, you have to develop systems that take care of you automatically. If you live off grid but you have to truck in your water every week, you’re not self reliant yet. The same can be said with food. If you still have to depend on the store to give you food, you’re not quite there yet.
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