There are many things that can make homesteading difficult, but as Aust says in this video, oftentimes the thing making it difficult is you. Nobody’s perfect, which means we all make mistakes. But if you want to minimize your mistakes and make homesteading easier, take the time to learn from the mistakes of others.
In this video, Homesteady goes over five mistakes he has made homesteading. He has been homesteading for years and has learned a lot along the way, so there is a lot of wisdom in his videos. Here’s his list of mistakes:
1. Jumping In Too Big – Sometimes it’s better to start small. For example, start with a small garden rather than a half-acre garden.
2. Impulse Buys – Don’t buy any animals or equipment too quickly. Sleep on it several times or you may end up regretting it.
3. The Natural Myth – Don’t assume that if you raise animals naturally you won’t have any problems. Diseases and infections happen even if you do everything natural.
4. Relying on Bad Information – For example, some websites say goats won’t eat poisonous plants, but that’s not true. Double and triple check the things you learn online. Better yet, talk to locals.
5. Doing Too Much – As a homesteader, you want to do all sorts of different things–grow food, raise chickens, milk cows, care for goats, build fences, and so forth. But if you do too much, you’ll get burned out fast. Again, start small.
Watch the video below for more info.