You may wish to move out to the country and have a large piece of land where you can grow things, or you may just want to shun the throw-away culture that is pervasive in our society; either way you can enjoy a fuss free self-sufficient life whilst living in the city.
The First Step towards Self-Sufficiency
Be more resourceful, focusing more on the way you live and work, and of course saving money.
The first step is identifying the things you are most dependent on. Then, devise ways you can make the most of your local community resources and your skills. If a farmer’s market or good local grocer is easily accessible to you, it’s not practical to grow things that you can buy at a low price.
The concept of fuss free sustainable living, for most people, is returning to their old roots and adopting the traditional way of living they were raised on. A significant part of this is growing fruits and vegetables and knowing about seasonality.
Vegetable Growing in Limited Space
If you live in a small apartment, it is impossible to grow everything that you eat. But you can still use your small balcony or courtyard to plant herbs, leafy vegetables and berries. Choosing what you plant is essential if you are limited for space.
Choose plants based on how much sun your balcony or courtyard gets. Some vegetables that can only withstand a little sunlight, and some, particularly fruit bearing plants, need sunlight for 8-10 hours.
Here are ways you can further maximise your space: hang baskets or containers; build a stand for multiple herbs; and use plastic or metal bins or crates, which can hold plants as long as there are holes in the base where water can drain. You can also add a little bit of personality to your vegetable garden by using vintage metal kettles to plant smaller crops.
Aquaponics is one of your good options if you want to take your vegetable garden one step further. This ancient technique is being adapted by a growing number of homeowners in Asia and Europe. Aquaponic is feasible even if you are residing in an apartment. With one aquaponics setup, an entire family can enjoy a variety of green herbs and leafy green vegetables.
Aquaponics features a closed cycle tank system where fish and plants live a mutually beneficial existence; the plants survive on fish waste whilst the fish feed on plants. A small aquaponics tank could be a great addition to your home, with healthy greens you and your family can enjoy!