SELF-RELIANCE

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

said, "I'd like a greenhouse."  I also picked up some windows I could use to build one. "When are you building the greenhouse?" I didn't really mean to build one, I just noted it would be nice to have one. I've had three before--they were all kits...

Zero or Hero: Going Low-Waste without (Too Much) Pain

Zero or Hero: Going Low-Waste without (Too Much) Pain

here is a woman who fit two years of her trash in a jar.  Two years of stuff in one jar. That was all her trash. There's another woman I found who goes around Manhattan to CVS stores looking through the garbage. She gifts or keeps the excellent...

Covid shopping got you down? Look off the beaten path.

Covid shopping got you down? Look off the beaten path.

Covid shopping got you down? If you've been an Amazon-only shopper or "local only" buyer and you miss your local small businesses and can't find the things you need, try this: Shop at EVERYONE's small businesses around the country. They're open, and there for you if...

“Can I freeze these foods?” Here’s how.

“Can I freeze these foods?” Here’s how.

Freeze food now. Avoid shopping and cooking later. "Can I freeze...." It's the trending Google search in the UK right now.  At first I thought Londoners were having a cold snap hunting down ski coats. Not so. They're freezing food. With people on lockdown and supply...

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

TL;DR: Get some fruit trees. Grafted fruit trees can really save the day. Don't kill them. Don't let the birds and deer eat your fruit. "How can I stop buying fruit every year and be more self-reliant? I don't have much land..." If you've got a smallish Poser...

Water Problems and Pitchers

Water Problems and Pitchers

People everywhere are hunting down two things--toilet paper and bottled water. Many states are on lockdown for the Corona virus, and those are the two things people are frantic to buy.  I watched lines that made Disney lines look amateur in the warehouse store. I put...

“How should I prepare a food storage for an emergency?

“How should I prepare a food storage for an emergency?

Someone asked a question about preparing for emergencies—specifically “Do you (or how do you) prepare?” I started to answer on the thread, but the answer’s pretty long, so I’ll put it here on the Poser Homestead instead. I got my food storage by accident. If you’ve...

Easy Cinder Block Planter Projects

Easy Cinder Block Planter Projects

Cinder block planters don't have to be ugly. We had a big empty space where we used to stack wood, but we built a woodshed. "Can't you do something about that space?" my husband asked. He suggested some whiskey barrels or nice flower pots, but those are expensive. So,...

PROJECT: Simple Raised Beds for the Garden

PROJECT: Simple Raised Beds for the Garden

Raised beds are a great way to organize the garden. I kill sections of my garden every year. It drives my family crazy, but me, not so much. I do what I can do, then I "Where's Waldo" for a tomato in July. This is my first year working remotely. So, I'm ramping up the...

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest & Your Wallet Canning's not just for grandmothers anymore. It's cool. Whether you’re working on self-reliance or you’re a foodie in tears because it's the end of blueberry season, canning is the solution. Canning and food...

The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

I wanted to grow lettuce, but I didn't have any light... So I went to the indoor gardening store looking for lettuce lights. This was a while ago before the Poser Homestead became a thing. I had an entire basement room to dedicate to winter crops. If I set out some...

Make Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Make Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Ratio-Based Bread Baking We bake our bread at home daily.  My friends say “If I had your time…”  I don’t have any more time than any other working mom who does a million extra things.  What I do have is a secret recipe and a process.  I make the bread dough at night,...