Burn out is easy with the unforgiving nature of homesteading. Don’t let it happen to you!
Now that we’re headed into gardening season, things are about to get very busy. It may even be so busy your garden will get overgrown or your preservation projects will pile up. When you’re in the height of busy season, here are a few things to remember so you can keep doing what you love.
Tip #1 – Don’t start everything at once
Spring has sprung! Everyone is emerging from their winter hibernation, eager to get their hands in the dirt. Gone are the short days and harsh temperatures. It’s time to be outside!
When you’re being fueled by everything you’ve been dreaming about over the winter, just remember that longevity is what’s going to get you through this growing season. Don’t overload yourself! Make a list and begin phasing in projects to keep your momentum going.
Tip #2 – Learn to outsource
There’s something about spring that has a way of crippling all your winter dreams. Pests, too much rain, cooler temperatures. All of the above can really wreak havoc on a garden. When you come up against problems this season, embrace them. If your crops don’t end up working out, support someone who had a successful year.
Just remember – outsourcing isn’t forever. Outsourcing doesn’t make you a failure.
For more inspiration on gardening this year, read this post!
Tip #3 – Properly manage your expectations
I want you to go into homesteading with the expectation that you will succeed. But I also want you to accept that that won’t always be the case. Homesteading will take a lot from you and give some back. Don’t get discouraged by that! You can do that by…
Tip #4 – Remember by you started
That thrill you get from getting your hands in the dirt. That feeling of satisfaction you get from pulling your own eggs out of your coop. That’s why you homestead. Let those feelings drive your growing seasons. That’s what’s going to help you get through pests, droughts, predators and more.