We can move to get over an acre of land and a rural setting which would be nice. I would love to go to sleep and not hear night construction on I95. However, trying to buy over an acre of land in Fairfield County Connecticut is super expensive. Every home we looked at (except one) needs upwards of $50 to $100K worth of work. Financially it does not make sense to move. Not when our house is so close to being paid off. Will we move? Perhaps. If we can find the right location, the right home, and get both for the right price. But for now, we wait.
I can wait here and stew in my wants. I can dream of a yard with backyard animals. I can dream of gardens overflowing with life. I can yearn for beautiful flowers and greenery. Or........I can make my dreams happen.
I can do square foot gardening. It makes perfect sense for the amount of space I have. Our beds are already 4’x8’, they just need to be sectioned off. Our new beds will be built as 4’x4’ boxes with walkways between. I have already planted potatoes, cabbage, spinach, lettuce and beets. They are sprouting.
When I slept over my friend Amy’s house last week, I realized how fortunate they are that her husband is self-employed and has the ability to set his own schedule. He can spend time in his garden every morning before starting his day. This connected with me and I realized that as much as I wish Greg were not on a train at 6:00am, I can be outside with my garden, sipping my coffee, enjoying the fruits of our labor for the two of us. Now every day before the girls are up, I am outside watering my plants and wishing a good morning to the walkers and the joggers who pass by. It feels good.
I spent some time with my Pinterest account and scrolled through the pins I have made on backyard gardening. I read this family’s journey to become urban homesteaders and my thoughts and feelings of the potential of my yard came to life. There are so many similarities from lot size, to urban location, to desire to be more self-sufficient and a strong yearning to get back to basics, as much as possible. I do not live in California with a year round growing season, but I can use this as a model and make the most out of every square foot of land I do own.
I am starting one raised bed at a time. I am giving thought into what can be eaten now, what can be stored for later, what can be preserved and what can be dried. I am asking myself what our family enjoys eating, what we enjoy canning and what I need for my home remedies. We are researching what backyard animals we can keep and what their purpose will be. That is the beginning of our journey into creating our own version of an urban homestead.
This was my inspiration. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.