Monday, August 31, 2009

The 10 year plan...

Now here comes my devious plan!
Basically, I'm giving myself 10 years (more or less) to become self sufficient. Ten years to be able to grow and raise my own food. I've told my family and a few friends and most of them think of me as crazy for trying this. But it must be doable!
Over the years I intend on transforming my backyard into cultivated 4x4 gardens (squarefoot gardening). I've gesstimated how much food I could grow with just the 10 spaces I have plowed for next year and it should be a large amount. This year was just a tryout. But next year will be more serious. I'll start a few weeks earlier planting seeds indoor and use all the great advice I got from my research online. My hope for this year was to see how good I'd do at gardening a real garden. And I was sucessful...some crop were harvested earlier than most people's. Next year I intend to have enough produce to last me for a part of the winter. Either by storing them in a cold room, freezing or canning. And every year I'll increase the amount of land cultivated. Probably try to work less at my day job and sell some of my excess but still getting my biggest monthly revenues from my 2 basement appartements that I rent. Once the house loan is paid I should be able to have enough money with my rents, and produce sales. Of course combined with all that will be a reducing of the money I spent in unecessaries (cell phones, takeouts, store bought food and such) recycling, and reusing materials. Now you tell me does this sound doable or am I just crazy!!! =)


  1. Well, that's a great idea, I have to say... I think everyone considers the possibility some time, when getting the electricity bill, for instance (in my country it became 300% more expensive lately). And one wants to install a solar panel in his roof or something. You had the guts to try that out... so congrats! And good luck!

  2. Thanks for your comment. 300% you say ! that is just crazy! I haven't thought about the electricity yet...unless it's about reducing what I use. But yeah going solar is a great idea =)

  3. I say totally doable! I am trying for a similar thing and use raised bed gardens also. I think in this day and age it's totally responsible to be leaning towards a self-sustained lifestyle. My friends and family kind of laugh at us too. They will be sorry when you're feeding them from your lovely garden. Can't wait to see more! I found you through Blotanical! I will leave you a message there too!

  4. =) thanks for the encouraging words =)

  5. sounds like a great idea!!

  6. Here too! lol thanks, hope you drop by from time to time =)