Improving Your Self Sufficiency at Home

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Improving our self-sufficiency is something which more and more people are looking into and researching. It can be a rewarding venture and a rewarding thing to pursue – not only great for saving money and keeping to a budget, but also amazing for encouraging your children to cultivate the same habits and behaviour when they grow up. There are lots of ways to begin your journey into self-sufficiency and you’ll find all the ways you can start below. You may want to try only one at a time – but we advise that to start seeing results and feeling results, you should give at least 3 or 4 a go!

This is a guest post by Mary Crowe who is passionate about living a more environmentally friendly life. She currently works for British Antique Replicas.

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Improving our self-sufficiency is something which more and more people are looking into and researching. It can be a rewarding venture and a rewarding thing to pursue – not only great for saving money and keeping to a budget, but also amazing for encouraging your children to cultivate the same habits and behaviour when they grow up. There are lots of ways to begin your journey into self-sufficiency and you’ll find all the ways you can start below. You may want to try only one at a time – but we advise that to start seeing results and feeling results, you should give at least 3 or 4 a go!

Woman digging in her backyard vegetable garden.

Growing vegetables in your back garden

Growing veg in your back garden is the easiest way to begin being self-sufficient! Simply buy some seeds from your local garden centre, make sure you remember to water them and upkeep them and soon you’ll be cooking recipes with vegetables you’ve grown yourself!

Use home-made compost and free manure to enrich your garden's soil.

Take a trip down to you local farm and see if they have any manure they could give you for free. It saves you spending lots of money on chemical fertilisers, so why not ask?

Installing solar panels

Solar panels are a great way of reducing your electricity bills and saving the planet at the same time. However installing solar panels is a long term investment – as the initial cost can be quite high. Onceyou have the installed though, the benefits are great.

Keeping chickens or Goats

If your family has a big enough garden and a big enough plot to keep animals, it might be something you should look into doing. Chickens are a great for eggs and meat, and Goats will provide you with fresh dairy products and meat (if you choose).

Biking to work

Choosing to bike as many places as you can, instead of taking the bus or car will not only keep you fit and healthy, but it’ll keep your self-sufficiency levels up too and your carbon footprint down. So get biking!

Raise bees to help pollination and for honey. (Honey is the only food substance that will not spoil.)

Raising Bees isn’t for everybody, but it could be just the hobby you’re after if you’re a stay at home parent or retired. Raising Bees is a pretty low-key hobby but it creates the only food substance that won’t spoil or go off! Perfect for winter when you can’t get to the shops!

Grow herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Instead of buying dry herbs at the supermarket, try growing your own herbs instead for adding to your recipes and cooking. You can grow most herbs on the windowsill in your kitchen – so you won’t even need a garden for this option!

About Mary Crowe

Mary Crowe is passionate about living a more environmentally friendly life. She currently works for British Antique Replicas.

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