After reading The Nightingale and watching many tv shows, I have decided to try and change my life style a bit. I’m The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, she writes of WWII when Germany took over France. This leaves the French with little for themselves. They had to learn to survive and be self sufficient. I have also watched many tv shows where some extreme event occurs and people are forced to make the change to self sufficiency for survival. This got me thinking about my lifestyle and what I would do in these situations. I have decided that I would like to make changes now for many reasons.
I do not believe that an extreme event will occur so I am not planning for that. I feel that my family could benefit from living more simply and perhaps doing more for ourselves. My children would have a blast with making their own things. I have decided to start a vegetable garden this year. Every year I plant a flower garden. My flowers grow so beautifully. My children love to help me weed the garden and watch the plants grow. I know they would love to also grow our own food. This would make things a little easier in my house so we would be saving some money at the grocery store and it will teach my kids valuable life lessons.
I would also love to make my own soaps and cleaners so they are more natural and save on waste. I am big into sustainability and have been trying to make small changes as much as I possibly can.
The downfall is I have no idea where to begin. I have begun to do some research, but I am not a farmer so this is all so new to me. I know I will find the information with some work. I am also aware that this years crops may not be the best and may fail. I plan to keep trying until I succeed.
If anyone knows anything about gardening, self sufficiency, or sustainability any advice is welcome. This is totally new to me so I appreciate any input good or bad. Thank you in advance!