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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 16:29 PM   11
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Good luck getting your place properly fenced PitaKat it sounds great . Ultimately I just want to become more self sufficient soon, even if it takes us longer to go off grid and build my cob house.

I've now told dh that if he does plan to move back home I'm ok with that (even though it would be hard to leave such an ideal year round growing climate and he wouldn't get his avocado trees) but in the meantime I want to get on some rented land and just start living more self sufficiently. So that's my goal right now, to look for somewhere nearby where we can rent 1/2 or even a 1/4 acre with a cottage or mobile home on it.
Which is actually what I was looking for last June, and even found a couple places, but at the time dh was in school in the evenings as well and living half an hour out of town wasn't something he wanted to add to his schedule. Time to revisit it.
What about hoop houses/greenhouses/insulated beds and small bonsai-esque avocado trees? That is an idea OH and I have bounced off each other considering we are the same climate as BC. You could even do solar LEDs in the houses to make up for the light deficit or even build a cob greenhouse with a glass roof for insulation. There's a lot too indoor gardens/growing



 
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Never thought of greenhouses for trees actually. Something I could definitely consider.



 
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Old Jun 26th, 2016, 17:10 PM   13
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I'm really glad you made this thread so we can all bounce ideas around with some other like-minded folks across the world



 
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Old Jun 27th, 2016, 06:01 AM   14
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I am a city dweller I need some interaction and I would wither like a little flower lol.



 
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Old Jun 27th, 2016, 09:06 AM   15
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Yeah I cant do complete solitude, but just being able to get into town a couple times a week will be enough for me.
Though if I can find an intentional community that we like the feel of in our area I would be all over that.
However living sustainably doesn't necessarily mean having land and homesteading. A couple weeks ago I visited an urban farm right in the middle of town, on a smallish lot. They had no lawn only gardens, and grew 140+ varieties of fruits and vegetables and nuts, and their house had passive solar and was built from reclaimed building materials.



 
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What about hoop houses/greenhouses/insulated beds and small bonsai-esque avocado trees?
I have a small peach tree that my mom gave me as a moving gift, but I don't think it will live here as it gets too cold, so I'm going to make it a permanent resident in my greenhouse. There are a lot of dwarf varieties of fruit trees, there's probably a dwarf avocado tree.



 
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Nice, my sister lives over that way, I'm on the other side of the state :-) How's the growing season there, closer to the ocean? What kind of herbs do you grow?



 
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Nice, my sister lives over that way, I'm on the other side of the state :-) How's the growing season there, closer to the ocean? What kind of herbs do you grow?
Summer is great but unless you have a greenhouse or lights it's a short season. We have rosemary, oregano, cilantro, parsley, basil, Green onion, broccoli, kale, arugula etc.



 
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I hear you about the greenhouse. Everything I had planted in my garden took a hit last month because I wasn't expecting freezing temps in mid-June In the past couple days we added another raised bed to our greenhouse, and have been talking about building a hoophouse in the garden next spring.

Your veggies sound awesome! And good for you for growing broccoli, I've never been able to get broccoli to grow for me!



 
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