Embracing Small-Scale Homesteading From The Comfort Of Your Home

Embracing Small-Scale Homesteading From The Comfort Of Your Home

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Have you ever thought about homesteading? It’s not just for those people with fields and livestock as far as the eye can see. Nope, even city slickers with a tiny patch of sun can dive into this self-sufficient lifestyle. Let’s consider how you can get a slice of the homesteading pie, no matter where you hang your hat.

Start With A Plan

First thing’s first—take a good look around your place. Got a little yard? A sunny spot on the balcony? Even a humble windowsill can get you started. Think about what tickles your fancy. Are you itching to grow your own salads, cut down on your carbon footprint, or just want to dabble in some home projects? Pinning down your goals helps carve out a clear path in your compact space.

Container Gardening

Alright, ready to get your hands dirty? Kick things off with container gardening. It’s as simple as grabbing a few pots and setting them wherever the sun does its best work. Start small with herbs like basil or mint—hardy little things that don’t need much room to flourish. Once you get the hang of it, why not try some veggies? Tomatoes, peppers, and even carrots love a good container setup.

Vertical Gardening

If you’re running short on floor space, think up—literally. Vertical gardening uses every inch upward, with trellises and hanging planters turning bare walls into lush green spaces. It’s a top-notch trick for beans, peas, and vine-loving squashes, and bonus, it makes your place look like a green oasis.


Homesteading is big on not letting anything go to waste. Start a mini compost bin to turn those coffee grounds and veggie peels into gold for your plants. Even if you’re in a snug apartment, there are nifty compost bins designed to keep things tidy and smell-free. This little effort slashes your trash and perks up your plants, all while doing Mother Earth a favor.

Keeping Small Livestock

Keen for some fresh eggs for breakfast? Check if your local laws are chicken-friendly. Chickens and rabbits aren’t just cute, they’re quite productive pets, providing eggs, meat, and even manure for that compost you started. Just make sure they’ve got the cozy setup they need to thrive.

Water Harvesting

Got a bit of rain? Catch it in a barrel! Setting up a rainwater harvesting system is a no-brainer for watering your garden without tapping into your water bill. It’s a smart move that’s good for your wallet and great for the planet.

Learning And Community Engagement

Here’s a secret: every homesteader learns as they go. Connect with people at a local gardening club or hit up a workshop. Online forums are buzzing with tips and tricks too. This community not only lifts your spirits but also pours heaps of knowledge into your homesteading cup.

Think Outside The Box: Mobile Home Homesteading

If you’re looking for a more official homesteading operation with some space, then you might want to consider looking into mobile homes from Top Notch Homes that come with some space in ideal locations. These gems are perfect for homesteading.


Small-scale homesteading is a fantastic way to blend sustainability with a dash of self-reliance, all while keeping it stylish and functional. It’s about making the most of what you’ve got, whether that’s a sprawling backyard or a modest apartment balcony. It brings you closer to nature, spices up your culinary life with home-grown foods, and injects a healthy dose of eco-friendly living into your daily routine. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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