We would like to share with you all the projects we made here in our small paradise in minute detail so that you can start implementing them on your land or in your house and profit for the rest of your life.
We’ll also cover subjects in depth such as water, food preservation, off grid power, medicinal garden, you name it. We want to put in your hands helpful how-to illustrations … easy to follow, step-by-step advice … brilliant tips and ingenious time-savers. From all the projects you’ll find in The Self-Sufficient Backyard I’m pretty sure you’ll find some that are suitable for your property.
First thing you’ll find out is that all you need to be self sufficient in terms of food are just 1,020 square feet of land per person, if you follow the methods we developed. That’s less than 10% of our entire ¼ acre parcel you can see in our sketch.
We developed this plan on quarter of an acre for a family of 4 to be totally self-sufficient, and have goods to sell and sustain a healthy profit year round. But we created it in such a way that it is easy to downsize if you have less land or fewer family members.
You’ll also find out how to make a year-round self-sustaining greenhouse no matter where you live in America.
You can place it on the south side of your house. We’ll also show you how to both collect and retain heat through the night, what materials to use, how to insulate it, the best angles for your area, how to get maximum glazing, how to ventilate it… and anything else you can think of.
I’ll also show you how to make the simplest water collection system and how you can easily implement it on your own homestead.
We don’t pay for irrigation water, as we collect and store every gallon we need in these inexpensive tanks.
You will also discover in minute detail how to set up one of the most reliable cost-effective hybrid electricity system for your house. We’ll show you what batteries to get for storage, what type of controller, cables, inverter… everything you need and how to set them up for maximum efficiency.
Not everybody is blessed with the perfect garden soil. The good news is, you can improve it, but you need to know what kind of soil you have in the first place.
The best type of soil you could have is called loam, which is 40% sand, 40% silt, and 20% clay. If your soil looks like any of the other jars, don’t worry, because I’ll show you exactly what to do to fix it to grow more food on the same plot from now on.
We will also show how you can live without refrigeration and everything you need to do to preserve your food, from eggs to vegetables, roots, fruits, and meats. Everything you can produce, you can also preserve, just like our forefathers did when there were no refrigerators. We learned how to do this because we had no other option. In the wilderness of Saskatchewan, we had nowhere to go to buy groceries and supplies. If we didn’t preserve the things we produced, we wouldn’t have survived there.
A reliable water source is the life blood of any homestead. We’ve tried a lot of things over the years: we dug wells, had a well drilled for us, pumped water from a nearby lake and set up shallow and deep well hand pumps for water. We even installed a simple hand pump next to our kitchen sink in case the electric pump failed us.
Whatever water source you have on your property, we’ll show you how to make the most out of it and become water independent.
We’ll also show you a simple and ingenious solution that you can apply in your house to have pressurized hot water.
You can grow these dwarf trees in a tiny space, such as a porch, a sunny windowsill, or even the border of your garden. These trees are very easy to tend, and they also bear fruit faster than regular-sized trees.
Plants have their own social distancing rules, which most people ignore at their own expense.
You’ll find out why you should never plant cabbage next to cauliflower, what you don’t want near your potatoes or tomatoes, and at least a dozen more garden pairs you’ll want to avoid from now on.
If you don’t have an automatic irrigation system, then you might either lose some plants if you forget to water them or spend time needlessly watering them. For this system, you do the work only once, and then it does the job for you every single day for many years to come. I’ll show you the exact system we’ve perfected after years of trial and error to keep our plants optimally well hydrated without using much water at all.
You will also see what survival foods you can grow not only outside but also INSIDE your home, hanging in shopping bags or hidden in plain sight on your kitchen counter. There is no need to panic, but history has taught us time and again that we are just a few meals away from anarchy.
Straw bale gardening is a great way to grow plants in a tiny space and to have a fully compostable garden and a cheap and easy-to-build raised bed alternative.
This is easy on the back as you don’t have to bend over to take care of your plants.
You’ll find a lot of backyard projects that may find their way into your future homestead such as: chicken coop, hoop tunnels, walipini, trellises, raised beds, hay and strawbale gardens, container gardening, windowsill gardening, and a lot more.
How would you like to have a year-round planting calendar that shows you exactly what you should plant every month?
You will find out everything you need to know about raising chickens, from egg to your dinner table. Chickens “done right” really are the most cost-effective protein source for any homesteader. We’ll show you simple tricks we discovered to make your each hen lay more than 300 eggs per year.
With this knowledge, you can transform from an honest homeowner into an independent, self-sufficient person that has an extra income and doesn’t owe anybody a thing.
In it you’ll discover how to set up an aquaponic system that you can fit in your backyard, in your basement or in your Greenhouse.
The awesome thing about an aquaponic garden is that every part of the system produces food for another.
The water you use for plants absorbs nutrients from the soil and feeds the fish. The fish droppings then feed good bacteria, which turn ammonia into nitrates that the plants need to grow.
This could be the ticket to your retirement paradise, a new adventure, a more frugal lifestyle, to ditch the 9 to 5 rat race, the healthy and peaceful life you always dreamed of, or your very independence.
You don’t need to dedicate too much of your time either. This will NOT be your new job. In fact, this will be a perfect break from your job and the daily stress that builds up. It’s extremely satisfying and calming to pursue self-reliance.
However, you should not make an all or nothing clean break from your conventional life.
I, Ron, was a city folk, born and raised in Philadelphia. I hope I don’t burst your bubble but I am nothing special, I have no great powers, super strength, superior intellect or amazing qualities.
In all that time an electric wire has never been connected to our house. We haven’t gotten or paid an electricity bill in over 40 years, but we have all the electricity we want. We grow everything we need, here, in our small backyard. We also have a small medicinal garden which has helped us get through some tough times. Just like our grandparents, we preserve everything we produce so we have all we need year-round.
But the most important thing is the feeling of not having to rely on anyone else for anything. It’s the feeling of being independent. Independent from the government's help or charity, grocery chains, utility and energy companies, corporations and the Grid.