For a homesteader like myself, living in suburbia can feel like living in limbo. There are so many things that I’d like to do: plant berry bushes, build a smokehouse, build a hoop house, plant fruit trees, and so much more. But since I know that this is not the place where we will be living for the next 20 years, I feel like there’s so much I just have to wait on.
Besides those things that are too long-term for our present homestead, there are some very basic self-sufficient things that would be illegal for me to do. Our development has deed restrictions that forbid livestock and poultry point-blank. That’s right, in the city I could have had up to 4 chickens, but here on the edge of farmland, I can’t have a single laying hen.
So, stuck in the suburbs, I’m looking for those things that I can get started on now. This year, I’m experimenting with plastic hoops over my garden, and I intend to continuing my brewing adventures by building a thermostatically-controlled brewing chamber. I might even build a smokehouse, albeit one that I can move when it’s time.
For any reader who is in a similar situation, how do you cope with the limitations imposed by your living situation? I’m sure there are creative ways to continue to learn the art of homesteading no matter where you are, and I’d love to hear your stories or suggestions.