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December 16, 2015

Some Questions Answered

I loved reading all the responses to the short survey I posted recently. Thank you for answering, and especially for the encouraging comments that several of you sent. (You know who you are. Your encouragement is what keeps me going, so that I can encourage others.)

Some things I found interesting:

All of you are interested in preparedness. 100%. That was eye-opening. Homesteading and preparedness compliment each other nicely, don't they? It seems that we are all on this trail together. We all want to use our resources wisely, to be self-sustaining as much as possible, and to prepare for whatever comes at us.

Only one respond-er raises sheep, and now I'm wondering if those sheep are for wool or for meat. Quite a few said you raise "other livestock" such as swine, horses, donkeys and especially rabbits. By far the most popular livestock is poultry. No one admitted to raising emus.

There were a couple of questions that I'd like to answer here, since they are simple and quick. All of the survey responses were anonymous unless you included your name, so I don't know who asked these and can't reply personally.

Q: Do you use Roundup to kill vegetation you don't want on your property?

A: I haven't used Roundup. However, we are all in different circumstances and situations.

For instance if my pasture fences would hold goats, I'd put mine to work for me in my problem areas. We have a quickly-spreading wild blackberry patch in the middle of the hayfield, and a big Johnson grass problem. Short of using an herbicide, the best way to control these is to mow, mow, mow or let your goats do it for you. But since we have barbed wire perimeter fences that won't hold goats, plus lots of coyotes, my goats stay safe in their own pen nearer the house instead of "way out there" in the hayfield clearing brush for me. So, while using goats would be a good solution, it wouldn't work for everyone - we don't all have goats, or the fences to let the goats browse where we need them.

Do what you're comfortable with.

Sometimes I let them out to browse behind the house, but not "out there". (Photo from 2007)

Q: I'd love to buy land and build but may not be able to afford that. Do you think purchasing an established house on the right piece of property is o.k.? 

A: I do! I would even prefer to do that. I think so many of us don't do this because buying empty land is generally less expensive, but buying a house on the right property will save you time since you can jump right into homesteading without worrying about building shelter first. Make a list of what's important to you before you start searching, and decide if each item is a "must have" or "would like to have". If you can find the right property at the right price and it already has a house on it, buying it would be a smart idea in my opinion.

Thank you again for responding; I really enjoyed getting to know you all better. I want to help you and encourage you, so I appreciate knowing what you want to read.

The survey will remain open until the end of this week, so if you haven't responded yet you still have time. Here's the link: click to take the survey.

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  1. I don't know if this would be of value to your readers, but I'm writing a series of posts on disaster preparedness (so far I've covered floods, storms, tsunamis, earthquakes and severe cold). I can offer URLs if that'd be of any interest?

  2. That would be great, Stephen; please do share. You can use my contact link - click here.

    There isn't an email address connected to your comment so I couldn't contact you directly.

  3. Buying a developed property is a faster way to go, but plan what you want to do and search for properties that can accomodate your needs, wants and desires. There is never a perfect property but there are a lot of very very good places to build your small farm on.

  4. Great tips, Fiona!

  5. Hello, Kathi! I have a series of posts for folks who are just starting to use herbs that your readers might enjoy. They are titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin". Thank you for sharing this post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. Thank you, Marci. Here's the link for anyone who'd like to check them out: Herbs: A Place to Begin.


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