Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Top Homesteading Skills To Learn Or Improve

Our paddock was completely wooded 11 years ago.

On Homesteading Today, my favorite homesteading forum, one of the threads today was about making a list of things you want to learn how to do. I made my list and realized some of the items I listed are not that I don't know how to do them, it is that I just haven't made the effort to do them. I am going to start cutting down on my computer time so that I can do my homesteading chores. They should be my top priority.

I want to learn to:

  1. grow an asparagus bed
  2. grow fruits - apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, various berries
  3. to build a hen house that will be VERY safe from critters
  4. to make one of my raised beds into a cold frame bed for winter greens
  5. to make soap
  6. to increase my preps - double our supplies
  7. to make more of my own tinctures, extracts, lotions and salves.
  8. make fermented foods
  9. make hard cheeses
  10. improve my picklemaking skills
  11. make my own dairy products from local raw milk
  12. identify wild mushrooms
  13. be more experienced with guns and get a pistol permit - needed where I live

This book is essential  for homesteaders!

Some of these skills I need a refrigerator for, and as my regular readers know, I am living without that luxury for the time being. That is one convenience I don't recommend going without........it is hard! I have made cheese before, but the softer varieties, and that was back when I had the gas refrigerator. I have canned cheese from the store and sometimes it came out and sometimes it did not. Truthfully, I would much rather buy my cheese from local cheese makers and not the store, but sometimes I have not had much choice, money wise you know. So making my own is something I definitely want to do.

Carla Emery's book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living is filled with the instructions on so many homesteading skills that I don't know how anyone can live without it. I use it constantly, as you can see my copy is duct taped together! I belong to another homesteading forum that is only for NY homesteaders and recently our administrator had posted the directions for making the soap. I might try that in the near future. His directions were pretty good. By the way, anyone from NY state who wants to join it, contact me and I can arrange it. It is a private forum and you can only become a member if you know someone. Newbies are VERY welcome! We love to help them. But you have to be from NY.

As I work on these skills I will write a post detailing what I am doing, how I am doing it and take photos in the process. Hopefully, I can accomplish these skills and as I work on them more, will gain the experience to be able to share them with my readers here. What skills are you wanting to learn? Is there a skill that you have recently learned? If so, and you have written on your blog about it, post it in my comment section and I will write about it in future posts about homesteading skills. 

Copyright © 2010  Kathleen G. Lupole

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