You may have worked this out already, but I am trying to live a life where I can be more self sufficient and sustainable.
How far we can succeed at it is yet to be determined, but I love the idea of it. I have already talked a lot about many of the things we have done to try and be more environmentally friendly and this goes with that.
Trying to be more self sufficient
That is the big question for us, can we do it?
We live in suburban Melbourne and our block isn’t huge, but I can’t see why we can’t grow everything we need here. Well, most of it.
I am already making all our bread and cooking nearly all our meals. That is a big change in the last 12 months. We have gone from getting nearly all our food from take away to cooking nearly everything. It feels really good to have achieved that.
The other aspect that I really like is that we know pretty much everything that goes into what we eat. Of course, once we have our own vegetables that will be more so.
Ways of doing this
This is the part I am still trying to work out. It is important not to get too far ahead of ourselves. I don’t want to end up with a garden full of food that is too much for us, so waste is a consideration.
It is also really important to only grow what we like and what we normally eat. So I am not going to grow turnips, because we never eat them.
I have been watching a lot of videos on YouTube about people doing this. It is really fascinating.
Growing my own vegetables is something I can see us doing. I don’t know how long it will be before we can start eating what I grow, but I’m looking forward to getting there.
Many people are doing things like raising chickens. I have thought a lot about this, but I don’t think it will work here. We get a lot of foxes. I know we are in the city, but we have masses of parkland across the road and we see foxes all the time. If I forget to put them in, then they will be gone. Also, I am not sure about them running free in the backyard when I am trying to grow vegetables there as well.
Really, I mean fruit trees. We have thought about this as well and decided not to worry about them at this stage, well besides my mandarin tree. Though I think I am going to get a lemon tree and a lime tree, but grow them in pots.
We have thought a bit about getting water tanks, but when we look at our bill and actually see how much we get charged for the water we use, it doesn’t seem worth it. The bill could be $350, but only $100 of that will be for the water. That is quarterly.
So at this stage, we don’t see spending money on water tanks, which will only cover part of what we need, really a worthwhile investment.
This is an area we are doing quite well in. I know I owe you a blog post on this and I will get onto it soon.
We produce a lot of the electricity we use now. With solar, we have changed the way we do a lot of things but will talk about that another day.
I thought it might be fun to do a video tour of my garden. I am not very good at these things, but it gives you an idea of what it is like outside at the moment and what I am growing.
I have put the video on YouTube, or you can view it here.
I have some links here for you for some of my past blog posts on some of the things I’ve been trying to do.
Do you like the idea of being self sufficient?