We Worked Our Garden for Months and it All Failed! (Video)


As homesteaders passing year five, we’ve had many wins and losses. In terms of homesteading skills, we tend to excel at building projects and livestock. We were proud to have our DIY solar generator trailer recently published in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. After that, we felt like we could finally raise our status to that of legit homesteaders. But then came our gardening season and a bunch of huge failures — and we feel officially downgraded back to rookie city slickers playing homestead.

We’ve made many mistakes and we are the first to admit it. We are rookies learning as we go. But with all that said, we want to also say that gardening is hard! You might wonder, what could be so hard about it? You plant some seeds, water them, pick some weeds — easy right? Wrong!

You have to deal with poor soil conditions, drought, insects and pests, disease. Despite optimal conditions, some things just don’t take well in certain areas. You could end up working for months and months and a little pest could destroy your entire garden. It can take years of trial and error to get to a thriving garden.

Our Grocery-Dependent Society

With the uncertainty of Covid-19, a ton of people decided to start gardening this year. Seeds were getting sold out with demand ever increasing. In 2020, everyone was starting a garden. With grocery store shelves going empty and overall uncertainty, many people decided to start a garden because they felt how unstable the world really is.

Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we’ve felt this instability long before Covid-19. In fact, instability in the world is the main reason we made it our goal in life to purchase our property and become homesteaders. The simple fact that absent a grocery store or drive-through restaurant, most people would be starving in a couple weeks should make people think harder about feeding themselves. Personally, in this day and age, I feel pathetic that absent a grocery store. I am not sure I could feed my family and eventually we’d starve.

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