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This morning, stumbled on a site which listed 25 things you can do to be the change. (btw thanks, POB, for the video nod!)

List are good – just like the list above.  We urban homesteaders are avid listers.  Lists keep you focused on the path that you wish to travel.  Sometimes our list do get overwhelming… and long, too long!  How about you?  Are you long listers?  Just when you start hyperventilating and wondering how on earth can you accomplish it all – think small.  Baby steps.  It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey. Right?

Though we have done a lot in 20 years on this little plot, our journey is by no means over.  Every day there’s something else to learn, something else to improve, something else that needs to be changed.

Let’s think, be positive.  What positive baby steps are you taking this week?  Care to share?

Comments(60)

  1. Stacy says:

    I just came inside after helping my husband set in place and start filling our first of three raised beds (it sat in our driveway for a week while the sun and several anvils weighted the twist out of the sadly green lumber we’d used to build it). Next on the list is heading to Los Angeles’ free mulch center just a bit down the freeway to help fill it. After that I contact ucutwehaul for a load of free wood chips as the top layer (and mulch for my desperately bare-topped flower beds!) so it can compost the rest of the summer, with perhaps some soil blocks with pea seeds set this fall.

  2. Stacy says:

    I just came inside after helping my husband set in place and start filling our first of three raised beds (it sat in our driveway for a week while the sun and several anvils weighted the twist out of the sadly green lumber we’d used to build it). Next on the list is heading to Los Angeles’ free mulch center just a bit down the freeway to help fill it. After that I contact ucutwehaul for a load of free wood chips as the top layer (and mulch for my desperately bare-topped flower beds!) so it can compost the rest of the summer, with perhaps some soil blocks with pea seeds set this fall.

  3. Jan says:

    OUr baby steps around here begin that way then slowly, while in the mitst of working, turn into a leap!! But on the list this week is:
    getting mulch placed, filling new raised beds for next year, starting the canning process of cucumbers, and finishing our camping area on our property. The gas is so high we have decided to pitch a tent in the back yard and camp here!!

  4. Jan says:

    OUr baby steps around here begin that way then slowly, while in the mitst of working, turn into a leap!! But on the list this week is:
    getting mulch placed, filling new raised beds for next year, starting the canning process of cucumbers, and finishing our camping area on our property. The gas is so high we have decided to pitch a tent in the back yard and camp here!!

  5. Sue says:

    That’s what I feel like I’m doing– baby steps. But I like the direction I’m moving in.

  6. Sue says:

    That’s what I feel like I’m doing– baby steps. But I like the direction I’m moving in.

  7. mary says:

    After thinning an overgrown clump of irises, I planted herbs and flowers that attract pollinators today.

  8. mary says:

    After thinning an overgrown clump of irises, I planted herbs and flowers that attract pollinators today.

  9. Kathy McMahon (Peak Shrink) says:

    Thank YOU, Urban Homesteaders, for answering the pained cries “There’s nothing I can do! I live in the CITY!” Even my daughter proudly showed me her lettuce potted plants on her front porch, and is looking into a larger plot in her next rented apartment in Boston!

    My baby step was finally settling on that electric bike and reinforcing my decision to get OUT THERE into our rural hills and EXERCISING! Why electric? You wouldn’t ask if you saw me and saw those hills…

    Yes, of course, I garden and dig raised beds for hours, but I’m looking forward to varying the routine with a more aerobic workout. I’ll be getting to the store and back on a nickel of energy. And I’ll work that cost down over time!

    You folks are an inspiration to all. I appreciate you for being there, taking the baby steps that have added up so much productivity and passion, and thank you for sharing it with us all.

    Kathy

  10. Kathy McMahon (Peak Shrink) says:

    Thank YOU, Urban Homesteaders, for answering the pained cries “There’s nothing I can do! I live in the CITY!” Even my daughter proudly showed me her lettuce potted plants on her front porch, and is looking into a larger plot in her next rented apartment in Boston!

    My baby step was finally settling on that electric bike and reinforcing my decision to get OUT THERE into our rural hills and EXERCISING! Why electric? You wouldn’t ask if you saw me and saw those hills…

    Yes, of course, I garden and dig raised beds for hours, but I’m looking forward to varying the routine with a more aerobic workout. I’ll be getting to the store and back on a nickel of energy. And I’ll work that cost down over time!

    You folks are an inspiration to all. I appreciate you for being there, taking the baby steps that have added up so much productivity and passion, and thank you for sharing it with us all.

    Kathy

  11. hak says:

    Well, here in Las Vegas, I’m dealing with 108-degree temps which will challenge my green thumb over the next two months. The cool season “salad” crops have gone to seed and may be done for the summer. Not sure yet, but will see how long everything will hold out.

    Your project has been quite the inspiration on what I can do on a small urban plot of land. My next baby step is to plant some sweet corn in the garden plots (I’m using the Square Foot gardening method) that are empty or dead, as well as plant some corn in a couple of the flower pots where the flowers were crushed by the heat. From there, just start planning on what I can do to maximize our space for the fall season.

  12. hak says:

    Well, here in Las Vegas, I’m dealing with 108-degree temps which will challenge my green thumb over the next two months. The cool season “salad” crops have gone to seed and may be done for the summer. Not sure yet, but will see how long everything will hold out.

    Your project has been quite the inspiration on what I can do on a small urban plot of land. My next baby step is to plant some sweet corn in the garden plots (I’m using the Square Foot gardening method) that are empty or dead, as well as plant some corn in a couple of the flower pots where the flowers were crushed by the heat. From there, just start planning on what I can do to maximize our space for the fall season.

  13. Chicago Mike says:

    No stops that aren’t on my way home, or my way to work. Makes you plan your trip and consider things ahead of time.

    I know it seems pretty insignificant, but if everyone did it…

  14. Chicago Mike says:

    No stops that aren’t on my way home, or my way to work. Makes you plan your trip and consider things ahead of time.

    I know it seems pretty insignificant, but if everyone did it…

  15. jengod says:

    I’ve been religious about reusable bags and reusable mugs since the beginning of June.

    After watching the “30 Days” episode that illustrated what industrial farms are like for animals (and doing some more reading), I’ve cut meat almost completely out of my diet. Still eating fish, and I backslid once–fried chicken–but so far I feel good about it.

    Made an arbor out of concrete reinforcing wire this weekend. The same thing, albeit straighter, goes for $300 at the fancy nursery near my house! I think the segment of the roll I used for mine came out to about $15, so yay. Planted a grapevine underneath it that hopefully will settle in nicely and provide me with seedless red grapes next summer and beyond.

    This afternoon bought the lumber and other materials for another permanent raised bed in the backyard.

    Planted a pineapple.

    Hauled four bags of other people’s leaves home from the roadside. Can you believe people just let that stuff sit there.

    Patronized a kid’s roadside “homegrown apricots” stand. Six for $1 and delicious.

  16. jengod says:

    I’ve been religious about reusable bags and reusable mugs since the beginning of June.

    After watching the “30 Days” episode that illustrated what industrial farms are like for animals (and doing some more reading), I’ve cut meat almost completely out of my diet. Still eating fish, and I backslid once–fried chicken–but so far I feel good about it.

    Made an arbor out of concrete reinforcing wire this weekend. The same thing, albeit straighter, goes for $300 at the fancy nursery near my house! I think the segment of the roll I used for mine came out to about $15, so yay. Planted a grapevine underneath it that hopefully will settle in nicely and provide me with seedless red grapes next summer and beyond.

    This afternoon bought the lumber and other materials for another permanent raised bed in the backyard.

    Planted a pineapple.

    Hauled four bags of other people’s leaves home from the roadside. Can you believe people just let that stuff sit there.

    Patronized a kid’s roadside “homegrown apricots” stand. Six for $1 and delicious.

  17. P~ says:

    We live by the baby steps Anais. This weeks step-list will include putting up a second hand metal shed that we acquired for $75.00, cleaning up the side yard of the house that will be turned into the compost center for the house, and building a small portable chicken tractor to allow the girls to get out into the yard a bit more. Will they all get done…Doubt it. Will some things get done that aren’t on the list…yeah probably. That’s just life on the ‘stead right?
    Namste
    P~

  18. P~ says:

    We live by the baby steps Anais. This weeks step-list will include putting up a second hand metal shed that we acquired for $75.00, cleaning up the side yard of the house that will be turned into the compost center for the house, and building a small portable chicken tractor to allow the girls to get out into the yard a bit more. Will they all get done…Doubt it. Will some things get done that aren’t on the list…yeah probably. That’s just life on the ‘stead right?
    Namste
    P~

  19. Sinfonian says:

    My baby steps began 5 years ago by refinancing my never-increased mortgage down to a 10 year amortization. Sure our payment doubled but we cut and put the money into our home. In 5 more years we’re debt free. Cutting back mean’t staying home, playing games, reducing expenses, reading books, taking the bus.

    This year I started a garden. Not only are we eating healthier, but cheaper.

    Unfortunately overtime means I keep my job. More money, no, a paycheck, yes. Ah to be debt free and have options…

  20. Sinfonian says:

    My baby steps began 5 years ago by refinancing my never-increased mortgage down to a 10 year amortization. Sure our payment doubled but we cut and put the money into our home. In 5 more years we’re debt free. Cutting back mean’t staying home, playing games, reducing expenses, reading books, taking the bus.

    This year I started a garden. Not only are we eating healthier, but cheaper.

    Unfortunately overtime means I keep my job. More money, no, a paycheck, yes. Ah to be debt free and have options…

  21. Yvonne S from Sweden says:

    My baby-steps is that I am taking more care of my lettuce this season and eating it nearly every meal.

  22. Yvonne S from Sweden says:

    My baby-steps is that I am taking more care of my lettuce this season and eating it nearly every meal.

  23. katecontinued says:

    Just got rid of my refrigerator so I am in this sustainability challenge with both feet!

    And I am going to be planting lots of beans, legumes for cover crops in community garden beds and my own oil barrels filled with pots. I guess you could say, I am busy growing ‘soil’ as I only have dirt now. I also got a tip from a local organic farmer to add sulfer to the dirt / soil after he took a look at our meager vegetable crops.

  24. katecontinued says:

    Just got rid of my refrigerator so I am in this sustainability challenge with both feet!

    And I am going to be planting lots of beans, legumes for cover crops in community garden beds and my own oil barrels filled with pots. I guess you could say, I am busy growing ‘soil’ as I only have dirt now. I also got a tip from a local organic farmer to add sulfer to the dirt / soil after he took a look at our meager vegetable crops.

  25. Andrea says:

    What an awesome article. They really put into words things I’ve wanted to say/do and didn’t know where to start.

    Our baby steps this year include doubling the size of our garden, planting fruit trees and locating local responsible farmers that we can barter/trade with. AND, trading in a large truck for a far more fuel efficient 4-door.

    But our biggest baby step has been getting into the mindset that ‘we are going to do this’ instead of just toying with the idea of homesteading. Once you’re into that mindset, you look at things very differently.

    Our next steps are adding chickens and locating a local dairy.

  26. Andrea says:

    What an awesome article. They really put into words things I’ve wanted to say/do and didn’t know where to start.

    Our baby steps this year include doubling the size of our garden, planting fruit trees and locating local responsible farmers that we can barter/trade with. AND, trading in a large truck for a far more fuel efficient 4-door.

    But our biggest baby step has been getting into the mindset that ‘we are going to do this’ instead of just toying with the idea of homesteading. Once you’re into that mindset, you look at things very differently.

    Our next steps are adding chickens and locating a local dairy.

  27. Marci says:

    Part of the steps I am already working on is making lists. I forget to do things if I don’t write them down.

    I want to spend at least a little time in the garden each day. I want to get back to making all of our butter. I make cheese, but they don’t all turn out. I need to figure out what I am doing wrong with the hard cheeses so that I don’t have to buy them.

    http://amazinggrazefarm.blogspot.com

  28. Marci says:

    Part of the steps I am already working on is making lists. I forget to do things if I don’t write them down.

    I want to spend at least a little time in the garden each day. I want to get back to making all of our butter. I make cheese, but they don’t all turn out. I need to figure out what I am doing wrong with the hard cheeses so that I don’t have to buy them.

    http://amazinggrazefarm.blogspot.com

  29. Beth says:

    My baby steps are many. We are learning to be minimalists and less materialistic. I’ve vowed for one year of only buying what we need at thrift store, yard sales and dollar stores. If I can’t find it there, I need to evaluate if it’s truly needed.

    But a big baby step for me is learning patience. I want to be further along in my journey to sustainable living. I don’t want to have to still rely on grocery stores. I have so many plans and I want to implement them NOW! But I know it all takes time and patience. I’m not God and I can’t create my universe in 6 days! 🙂 I just have to work with today and hope I make choices that will positively impact my family, me, and our world tomorrow.

  30. Beth says:

    My baby steps are many. We are learning to be minimalists and less materialistic. I’ve vowed for one year of only buying what we need at thrift store, yard sales and dollar stores. If I can’t find it there, I need to evaluate if it’s truly needed.

    But a big baby step for me is learning patience. I want to be further along in my journey to sustainable living. I don’t want to have to still rely on grocery stores. I have so many plans and I want to implement them NOW! But I know it all takes time and patience. I’m not God and I can’t create my universe in 6 days! 🙂 I just have to work with today and hope I make choices that will positively impact my family, me, and our world tomorrow.

  31. Brandi says:

    Actually, one of my baby steps has been to stop making so many lists! lol If you saw the piles of paper… *cringe* I need to cut back on duplicating lists (I’m bad for revising and revising and revising until you can’t tell what is what on the list and you have to make a new one) and start putting more lists on the ‘puter.

    This year I started our first vegetable garden. That’s STILL coming along in baby steps. Each week I try to get rid of a little more grass and get something in the ground. Now I’m hitting the books on seed saving, water conservation in the garden, and extending our harvest here in chilly Ohio.

    I also researched and started using my “liquid gold.” The kids have been onboard with that, but I still haven’t convinced the husband. It’s more like SUPER baby steps when it comes to him. 😉 We’ve also contacted a company for a free estimate on a metal roof since ours is just about ready to go.

  32. Brandi says:

    Actually, one of my baby steps has been to stop making so many lists! lol If you saw the piles of paper… *cringe* I need to cut back on duplicating lists (I’m bad for revising and revising and revising until you can’t tell what is what on the list and you have to make a new one) and start putting more lists on the ‘puter.

    This year I started our first vegetable garden. That’s STILL coming along in baby steps. Each week I try to get rid of a little more grass and get something in the ground. Now I’m hitting the books on seed saving, water conservation in the garden, and extending our harvest here in chilly Ohio.

    I also researched and started using my “liquid gold.” The kids have been onboard with that, but I still haven’t convinced the husband. It’s more like SUPER baby steps when it comes to him. 😉 We’ve also contacted a company for a free estimate on a metal roof since ours is just about ready to go.

  33. Sara F says:

    steps are steps. We will get our Everbearing Mulberry in the ground this weekend (we bought it 3 weeks ago!) Am picking up FREE concrete borders for my front yard conversion – found on Freecycle in my area. Have started slips for sweet potatoes and Boniatos and will get them in the ground this weekend as well. Am trellising a Chayote too. Didn’t realize I had so much on my list! Gotta go get to work.

  34. Sara F says:

    steps are steps. We will get our Everbearing Mulberry in the ground this weekend (we bought it 3 weeks ago!) Am picking up FREE concrete borders for my front yard conversion – found on Freecycle in my area. Have started slips for sweet potatoes and Boniatos and will get them in the ground this weekend as well. Am trellising a Chayote too. Didn’t realize I had so much on my list! Gotta go get to work.

  35. KK says:

    Steps and lists…so much to do, so little time…time is of the essence, seize the day…but slow it down. Time is the only thing there is!!
    I do need to have lists when there’s many things on many fronts to tackle. They really do help, and yet, how many times have I made a huge list, and then something else comes up unexpectidly, or I just want to improvise with a project in the moment, and there goes the list, there goes another day…and more time slips away……ah, the absurd journey, you gotta enjoy the ride!

  36. KK says:

    Steps and lists…so much to do, so little time…time is of the essence, seize the day…but slow it down. Time is the only thing there is!!
    I do need to have lists when there’s many things on many fronts to tackle. They really do help, and yet, how many times have I made a huge list, and then something else comes up unexpectidly, or I just want to improvise with a project in the moment, and there goes the list, there goes another day…and more time slips away……ah, the absurd journey, you gotta enjoy the ride!

  37. Kathy says:

    Making a positive change in my ridiculous commute was on my list and this week I requested and was granted transferring to a clinic much closer to my home. I will be driving 5 days a week instead of 3 and will be working 5 shorter days instead of 3 very long ones. Even with the increased # of trips I will still shave off 50miles a week of the commute.
    The change will allow me to attend to things at home bit by bit every day instead of working like my hair is on fire on my days off. Hope it works.

  38. Kathy says:

    Making a positive change in my ridiculous commute was on my list and this week I requested and was granted transferring to a clinic much closer to my home. I will be driving 5 days a week instead of 3 and will be working 5 shorter days instead of 3 very long ones. Even with the increased # of trips I will still shave off 50miles a week of the commute.
    The change will allow me to attend to things at home bit by bit every day instead of working like my hair is on fire on my days off. Hope it works.

  39. Annie says:

    What a great post, and a lot of great reader comments too!
    Our very baby steps are: haven’t used clothes dryer for 6 weeks; using dishwasher only 1 day a week, sometimes not at all; first square foot garden, have now stopped purchasing tomatoes, waiting for squash varieties and lettuce (we started very late!); supporting more local farmers! I’ve been on this journey for a little while. I heard about PTF from a friend and then started seeing PTF everywhere on blogs/links. It is what my heart has been speaking for awhile now! I am just thankful for some direction! Keep it up!!

  40. Annie says:

    What a great post, and a lot of great reader comments too!
    Our very baby steps are: haven’t used clothes dryer for 6 weeks; using dishwasher only 1 day a week, sometimes not at all; first square foot garden, have now stopped purchasing tomatoes, waiting for squash varieties and lettuce (we started very late!); supporting more local farmers! I’ve been on this journey for a little while. I heard about PTF from a friend and then started seeing PTF everywhere on blogs/links. It is what my heart has been speaking for awhile now! I am just thankful for some direction! Keep it up!!

  41. JoyceAnn says:

    I’ve just started recycling seriously this year , as we get ready for our 4th of July party , I decided I need to get everyone who attends to recycle while they’re here. I will put out containers for bottles , cans and paper. I hope it will make some of my family and friends more aware of recycling.
    We’re having covered dishes , everyone will be bringing food to share , I think I might recognize the ones who bring something homegrown or local grown with a pin , ribbon or certificate. I’ve been thinking it will call awareness to these things , and it might inspire them to recycle or eat more homegrown/local foods.

    Happy 4th of July !!

    ~ Blessings ~ JoyceAnn

  42. JoyceAnn says:

    I’ve just started recycling seriously this year , as we get ready for our 4th of July party , I decided I need to get everyone who attends to recycle while they’re here. I will put out containers for bottles , cans and paper. I hope it will make some of my family and friends more aware of recycling.
    We’re having covered dishes , everyone will be bringing food to share , I think I might recognize the ones who bring something homegrown or local grown with a pin , ribbon or certificate. I’ve been thinking it will call awareness to these things , and it might inspire them to recycle or eat more homegrown/local foods.

    Happy 4th of July !!

    ~ Blessings ~ JoyceAnn

  43. mary says:

    Just today we acquired a rabbit and a hutch from a friend. Bunny droppings will help us with our recent move into vermiculture. Should go something like this: Bunny eats garden scraps…digests…poops…and then the worms take it from there! Voila! beautiful compost – even through the winter months!
    🙂

  44. mary says:

    Just today we acquired a rabbit and a hutch from a friend. Bunny droppings will help us with our recent move into vermiculture. Should go something like this: Bunny eats garden scraps…digests…poops…and then the worms take it from there! Voila! beautiful compost – even through the winter months!
    🙂

  45. Beverly says:

    Love the comments! So many folks doing baby steps that will result in big changes!

    Some of our recent baby steps include putting the dryer up for sale, making more garden beds, planting a raspberry plant, getting 12 dozen canning jars for FREE, and mulching with grass clippings.

    We’re eating lettuce, spinach, radished and onions out of the garden, but it’s getting really hot. The spinach is starting to bolt. Potatoes are blooming so we’ll have new spuds in a couple weeks, yummy!

    Future steps include chickens next year and maybe a milk cow. At $1000 to $1500 for a good cow, that could be along way off!

    Beverly

  46. Beverly says:

    Love the comments! So many folks doing baby steps that will result in big changes!

    Some of our recent baby steps include putting the dryer up for sale, making more garden beds, planting a raspberry plant, getting 12 dozen canning jars for FREE, and mulching with grass clippings.

    We’re eating lettuce, spinach, radished and onions out of the garden, but it’s getting really hot. The spinach is starting to bolt. Potatoes are blooming so we’ll have new spuds in a couple weeks, yummy!

    Future steps include chickens next year and maybe a milk cow. At $1000 to $1500 for a good cow, that could be along way off!

    Beverly

  47. Christine says:

    We just purchased ten acres out of town, and planted a first year garden. (potatoes, onions,carrots, rutabaga, strawberries twice, raspberries twice,( blackberries? if they took), apple tree, rhubarb, plum, two apricot, peas, beans, kohlrabi (spelling- sorry), garlic, cherry tree (doesn’t look good) tomatoes, cabbage. I also have in pots, three cherry bushes, one honey locust, ten pines, plums, maples and ect. I have two citrus trees that I grow in pots. I have repotted one and need to do the other. I also need to repot some of the trees, so they thrive till fall. I feel it’s too hot now to plant the trees on the land, but will do so this fall God willing. Tomatoes and lettuce in pots also, here where we rent till the garban is up. (garban is a future garage after we use it as a cabin) It will be finished like a house, and have a bathroom. We also plan to order chicks, and build a chicken house. If things get worse, I plan to get a couple of goats. I do prefer jersey cows, but money?…. I am over fifty, and handicapped, so if I can do this, so can you young people! I have such problems with the old bod, that I have to garden sitting down or lying on my belly! I know I look ridiculous, but I don’t really care! My ambition in life is to be the best Wife and Mother I can possibly be. To me that means, feeding good foods to my family if possible. Having a country like life for my family, heating our home with wood, live simply so my husband doesn’t have to work so hard. I hope, with God’s help, that I will do this. … Thank you for all you do with this site Anais! C

  48. Christine says:

    We just purchased ten acres out of town, and planted a first year garden. (potatoes, onions,carrots, rutabaga, strawberries twice, raspberries twice,( blackberries? if they took), apple tree, rhubarb, plum, two apricot, peas, beans, kohlrabi (spelling- sorry), garlic, cherry tree (doesn’t look good) tomatoes, cabbage. I also have in pots, three cherry bushes, one honey locust, ten pines, plums, maples and ect. I have two citrus trees that I grow in pots. I have repotted one and need to do the other. I also need to repot some of the trees, so they thrive till fall. I feel it’s too hot now to plant the trees on the land, but will do so this fall God willing. Tomatoes and lettuce in pots also, here where we rent till the garban is up. (garban is a future garage after we use it as a cabin) It will be finished like a house, and have a bathroom. We also plan to order chicks, and build a chicken house. If things get worse, I plan to get a couple of goats. I do prefer jersey cows, but money?…. I am over fifty, and handicapped, so if I can do this, so can you young people! I have such problems with the old bod, that I have to garden sitting down or lying on my belly! I know I look ridiculous, but I don’t really care! My ambition in life is to be the best Wife and Mother I can possibly be. To me that means, feeding good foods to my family if possible. Having a country like life for my family, heating our home with wood, live simply so my husband doesn’t have to work so hard. I hope, with God’s help, that I will do this. … Thank you for all you do with this site Anais! C

  49. Christine says:

    Anais,
    I am thinking very seriously about buying two Nigerian goats, if things get tighter in the world. Have you bred your does yet? And do you like the taste of the milk? I have read that Nigerian milk is very good, not goaty if you know what I mean. Thanks, C again!

  50. Christine says:

    Anais,
    I am thinking very seriously about buying two Nigerian goats, if things get tighter in the world. Have you bred your does yet? And do you like the taste of the milk? I have read that Nigerian milk is very good, not goaty if you know what I mean. Thanks, C again!

  51. lavonne says:

    My list this week includes:
    1. ordering ollas from the peddler’s wagon
    2. picking up some compost and potting soil
    3. planting several self-watering [with ollas] buckets with the sweet potato slips I’ve been nurturing
    4. harvesting what’s left of my cut-and-come-again salad greens from the Earthbox
    5. planting new seeds [haven’t decided what yet] into the Earthbox
    6. turning over my first bucket of bokashi compost into a bin 1/3 full of old potting soil from the Earthbox, and covering it with more soil. From what I’ve read, it should turn into good soil in about three months.
    7. foliar spraying with bokashi compost tea [tried this just once last week, and the growth is amazing!]

    This is fun!

  52. lavonne says:

    My list this week includes:
    1. ordering ollas from the peddler’s wagon
    2. picking up some compost and potting soil
    3. planting several self-watering [with ollas] buckets with the sweet potato slips I’ve been nurturing
    4. harvesting what’s left of my cut-and-come-again salad greens from the Earthbox
    5. planting new seeds [haven’t decided what yet] into the Earthbox
    6. turning over my first bucket of bokashi compost into a bin 1/3 full of old potting soil from the Earthbox, and covering it with more soil. From what I’ve read, it should turn into good soil in about three months.
    7. foliar spraying with bokashi compost tea [tried this just once last week, and the growth is amazing!]

    This is fun!

  53. Ellen says:

    We try to take baby steps all the time. So far this year, we have added a solar oven, a larger garden, 2 plum trees, an outside brick grill and I’ve started making our bread & yogurt. I’ve started buying our organic raw milk from a local dairy and I bought a cheese making kit to learn to make cheese. Just today I made panir which is an Indian cheese like cottage cheese. So many more things I want to do!

  54. Ellen says:

    We try to take baby steps all the time. So far this year, we have added a solar oven, a larger garden, 2 plum trees, an outside brick grill and I’ve started making our bread & yogurt. I’ve started buying our organic raw milk from a local dairy and I bought a cheese making kit to learn to make cheese. Just today I made panir which is an Indian cheese like cottage cheese. So many more things I want to do!

  55. Amy - Green Plan(t) says:

    Firstly, I want to thank you folks for being so inspiring. Every day I look forward to reading about what great progress ya’ll are making on your tiny plot of land.

    I find myself struggling with a lot of jealousy because we can’t do the same!

    We live in a trailer park, in Las Vegas, with some of the worst soil we’ve encountered in the 13 years we’ve lived here. It’s taken 2 years of work on the one garden plot we have to get it fertile enough, and it’s still nowhere near good enough.

    But hopefully, within the next 3 to 5 years, we’ll be moving to a plot of land of our own (testing that soil first!) and will be able to do something similar to your situation.

    Until then, it’s all baby steps!

  56. Amy - Green Plan(t) says:

    Firstly, I want to thank you folks for being so inspiring. Every day I look forward to reading about what great progress ya’ll are making on your tiny plot of land.

    I find myself struggling with a lot of jealousy because we can’t do the same!

    We live in a trailer park, in Las Vegas, with some of the worst soil we’ve encountered in the 13 years we’ve lived here. It’s taken 2 years of work on the one garden plot we have to get it fertile enough, and it’s still nowhere near good enough.

    But hopefully, within the next 3 to 5 years, we’ll be moving to a plot of land of our own (testing that soil first!) and will be able to do something similar to your situation.

    Until then, it’s all baby steps!

  57. Alida says:

    Okay my baby steps are simple. I ordered about 25 baby chicks ( laying brown egg hens) so that we can have fresh eggs instead of the store bought. I want to share this cool experience of raising our first chickens with my little daughter. We had already planted strawberries, tomatos and some herbs, flowers. We are taking small steps. You all are inspirational !

  58. Alida says:

    Okay my baby steps are simple. I ordered about 25 baby chicks ( laying brown egg hens) so that we can have fresh eggs instead of the store bought. I want to share this cool experience of raising our first chickens with my little daughter. We had already planted strawberries, tomatos and some herbs, flowers. We are taking small steps. You all are inspirational !

  59. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    Baby steps, we’ve taken a few in the last three weeks.

    Ordered seeds for a garden on the patio of our suburban home.
    Started compost pile.
    Checked the city dos and don’t list, no chickens for us. 🙁 Recycled all the vessels for the patio garden and read up on going verticle with some items.
    Committed to using internet and person to person learning methods as opposed to books.
    Commited to supporting our local food growers.

    And Just this week built and cooked our first meal in a Solar Oven….made the commitment to learn better construction if necessary and to cook as much as possible with solar energy.

    The list is long and compromises of individual comfort levels are being made along the way.

    Next on the list is going as manual in processes as possible. Food chopper vs food processor.

    This is an exciting journey!

  60. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    Baby steps, we’ve taken a few in the last three weeks.

    Ordered seeds for a garden on the patio of our suburban home.
    Started compost pile.
    Checked the city dos and don’t list, no chickens for us. 🙁 Recycled all the vessels for the patio garden and read up on going verticle with some items.
    Committed to using internet and person to person learning methods as opposed to books.
    Commited to supporting our local food growers.

    And Just this week built and cooked our first meal in a Solar Oven….made the commitment to learn better construction if necessary and to cook as much as possible with solar energy.

    The list is long and compromises of individual comfort levels are being made along the way.

    Next on the list is going as manual in processes as possible. Food chopper vs food processor.

    This is an exciting journey!

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