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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a homesteader? A growing number of people are turning to self-sufficiency and sustainability in their way of living. However, homesteading can seem intimidating, especially when social media portrays it as an exclusive lifestyle requiring acres of land and living off the grid. The good news is that it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing lifestyle! In this episode, learn how Stephanie Thurow and Michelle Bruhn, co-authors of the book Small Scale Homesteading and absolute BFFs, are making homesteading accessible to everyone—no matter how much land you have. They share their experiences with gardening, chicken keeping, maple sugaring, and more, all while living on less than an acre in the suburbs of Minneapolis.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Homesteading is the practice of self-sufficient living that often involves gardening, raising animals, and preserving food. It's a way to live more sustainably and reduce your dependence on commercial products.
Homesteading on a small scale is possible and can be just as rewarding as homesteading on a larger scale. Stephanie suggests the key is to start small and focus on what you can realistically manage.
One of the most important aspects of homesteading is community. Getting connected with other homesteaders will help you share knowledge, resources, and support. Homesteading can be a solitary practice—albeit much more tiring and lonely—but it doesn't have to be. You can find community through local farmers' markets, homesteading groups, or online forums.
If you're interested in homesteading but don't know where to start, here are a few tips and recommendations.
Setting Up a Homestead Garden:
Food Preservation Tips:
Homesteading can be a rewarding and sustainable way to live, even on a small scale. By starting small and focusing on what you can realistically manage, you can create a homestead that is both productive and joyful.
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