Self Reliant Living and 40 Ways to Self Sufficiency

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When we are self-reliant, we use abilities to care for ourselves and our families and find solutions to our own problems. As we become self-reliant, we are also better able to serve and care for others. 

Here we show you 40 ways to self reliant living and self sufficiency whether you live in the city or the suburbs. Urban homesteading and urban self sufficiency is a lifestyle sought out by the baby boomers, and for good reason! So many people think that having a large piece of land allows them to be self sufficient. As I have always said, it is not the size that counts, but what you do with it! ;) 

Self Reliant Living in the Garden

1) Grow your own vegetables . This is the first step to self sufficiency and self reliant living. Over the last 30 years of marriage I have grown vegetables in my own backyard, on my farm, on concrete in boxes as a raised garden when I had no lawn, and I have even grown fruit trees and vegetables in containers on an apartment balcony. Where there is a will, there is a way!
Save your own seeds . I save seeds from my open-pollinated vegetables from the previous season and then replant them the following season. I also recycle any vegetables that I may have to buy from the market. This is easily done with spring onions as they usually come with the roots on. Cut them down to about 3 inches, and pot them. They will soon grow into new spring onions for you. Cut the tops when  you need them.

Another way for self reliant living and to be self sufficient is to save the seeds from some of these vegetables. I often do this for the fancy red, orange and yellow peppers and some nice tomatoes I may have bought.

3) Learn how to grow herbs . If you live in the city in an apartment you can grow herbs indoors as well. These can be used not just for cooking purposes, but also for herbal teas and homemade herbal remedies.

4) Grow edible flowers for your salads, ice creams, and other dishes and save on food bills.

5) Make your own compost . Think of all those vegetable peelings and fruit skins that go straight to the landfill when you could be turning it into black gold and putting it around your pot plants, using it for repotting, or digging it back into your vegetables.

6) Start a worm farm to enrich your soil and have rich vermicompost freely and cheaply by feeding the worms your kitchen scraps. You may even end up starting a little home based business and earn some money working from home. Fishermen are always looking for live worms, and others are looking for worms to start their own worm farms.

7) Collect the rain water with rain barrels that can be connected to your downpipes so that you can collect rain water from your roof. Use this to water your garden and enjoy some self reliant living by saving on your water bill and reducing your need on water from the local council.

8) Make your own leaf mold by storing leaves over the year in plastic bags and buy a chipper so that you can take all your hard prunings and turn them into perfect garden mulch. Mulching your garden keeps the weeds down, but also helps in water conservation.

9) Make your own liquid manure and liquid fertilizers . Smelly stuff. I mean really smelly stuff, especially if you make it from weeds. But it works!

10) Make your own natural pesticides and insecticides . Make safe organic pesticides to spray on your garden. Safe for you and safe for the good insects and bugs that you need to catch the bad bugs and insects.

11) Add solar panels to your home and sell the excess electricity back to the grid and make a little bit of money out of it. This is self reliant living by living off the grid.

12) Raise some backyard chickens . You can raise bantams if you have a very small space, or you can have full sized chickens. You don't need too many for a steady egg supply. If you get a good chicken breed for eggs a good laying hen will lay about 5 eggs a week. So, if you have 2 chickens you will get 10 eggs a week, or thereabouts, 4 chickens, 20 eggs and so on. Self reliant living at its best with fresh organic eggs every day.

13) Keep a bee hive and raise honey bees. You can do this even if you are living in the city. Check with your local council first, but placing hives on top of apartment roofs are becoming popular and city bees are not uncommon.
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