Container Gardening by an In Town Homesteader

We are homesteaders. To understand what is a homesteader we need to discuss the Homestead Act.

The Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to encourage Western migration by providing settlers  up to 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. After six months of residency, homesteaders also had the option of purchasing the land from the government for $1.25 per acre.

For years the word homesteading referred to the skills necessary for pioneer living, such as growing your own food, preserving food, and making what you need such as housing and farming implements. This was necessary because there were no nearby stores to buy what you needed.

Today the word homesteading is more apt to refer to a lifestyle that promotes greater self sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and really involves making a house your home where you provide for your family.

Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make. 

Let me share with you some photos of my daughter's container garden. She lives in town and she loves to garden and produce her own food.

Do you see her big beautiful plants? So nice! It was a rainy day, so she set out buckets to capture the rain water. She will then empty the rain water into a trash can. When she needs to water her plants, she will use the rain water she collected. 

She even propagates her own herbs by cutting her mint and rosemary. She places them in water in a glass until they reroot. When they have roots she will then transfer them into soil.

If you would like to be a homesteader too, here is more information. 5 Ways To Homestead No Matter Your Yard Size

Have a happy homesteading day!


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