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Day 52: I Need Help (There, I Said It)

Hubby made a much needed trip to the grocery store this morning. Although I would desperately love to forever swear off the place, I know that realistically this is probably never going to happen. There are too many things that we're never going to be able to produce.

We don't have enough room (or the inclination) to grow wheat for flour. I couldn't go the rest of my life without eating avocados, and they just won't grow in the valley heat.

Besides, if the family had to subsist on only what we produced ourselves, it's certain we'd starve to death.

Apparently, winter vegetables take much longer to mature than their warm-season counterparts. As I was watering the bed this afternoon, I was dismayed that save for those darn radishes nothing else is ready to eat. (The chard is close, I think.)

Obviously, I need to learn more about developing my homestead if I ever want to achieve my goal of self-sufficiency. I figured since I was an experienced gardener, I didn't need any help. I now realized I have over-estimated my abilities.

My local library has tons of books on homesteading, and late last summer I checked out a stack of them. One, The Backyard Homestead, promised to show how to grow "all the food you need on just a quarter acre!"

I skimmed through it, but thought the chapters about land management and planning your garden layout didn't apply to me. It was returned without being read.

I want that book back! This time, I'm reading it cover to cover.

Homesteader's Tip: Don't fall into the same trap I did. Do your research and learn all you can about garden planning, planting, harvesting, etc. In the long run you'll save time and money by avoiding mistakes and getting better results the first time around.

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