So you might be a homesteader if you look into your soil for your gardens, see worms and yell “YAY I have worms!!!”

AND you get excited seeing your beautiful, rich soil made from compost with the help of your chickens.

2 raised beds made next to our 25×11 foot garden and 1 raised bed elsewhere for asparagus. More to build! I repurposed bricks that I found in our woods and next to the house. My friend Christina gave me blackberry bushes and has more bricks for me! Kim, another homesteading friend, gave me asparagus to plant. I am truly blessed!

So, you might be a homesteader….

IF you open one of the refrigerators(yeah, homesteaders have more than one and usually another freezer) and most of the items in it have homemade labels!

  A few bread starters, container of whey from homemade cheese, kombucha jars, elderberry cough syrup, homemade ginger ale etc…

Last but not least for today,

You might be a homesteader…

If there’s a pot of milk on the stove and you are making ricotta cheese! Recipe to be uploaded, check back. Please comment and add to my you might be a homesteader…topic and I will share. Sorry Mr. Jeff Foxworthy I used your line and changed it to my own.


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I started square foot gardening last year, and after building two 4X4 beds out of wood, I switched to cinder blocks for the next bed and made it bigger. I had the brainy idea to plant herbs and marigolds (considered pest-repellent) in the HOLES in the cinder blocks, using them like built-in flower pots. It gives you more planting space, the plants still have access to the ground and can put roots down deeper, the worms can get to the plants and leave their castings, and it just looks good, too!

Just thought you might like the suggestion. 🙂


Thank you for your suggestion! I will certainly try that. Did you seem to have to water more often because of the blocks vs. wood?


It’s hard to say, because I messed up and used a good bit of potting soil in one of the beds, plus, I tried mulching with shredded paper, so the soil was more water-retentive–something we don’t need in spring, in Louisiana!

But OTHER than the difference in the soil, and the fact that I quit with the shredded paper mulch and pulled out every bit I could, because I ended up with what I assume was fungus gnats/flies, I watered the cinder block bed at the same time I watered the two wood-framed ones.

These were all in my mother’s back yard last year, because we thought we were going to lose our house. Now I have moved everything back to my house, and I found out yesterday, that we are probably putting our house on the market tomorrow. (Because when Wells-Fargo made an adjustment to “help” with the payments, they adjusted it up, not down, according to my husband.) I’m getting frustrated with all the moving the garden here and there! I hauled the soil and cinder blocks back from my mother’s (although I still have to pick up the rest) and now I am going to end up moving it again! Not fun.

I was expanding the cinder block bed to enclose the raised garden I had here a few years ago. It goes about halfway across my back yard–one long row, about 4′ wide. I hadn’t finished building the soil back up, as a lot of the soil had settled or eroded. (We get lots of rain here–measured pretty much in feet instead of inches!) So only part of the bed is enclosed with the blocks right now, but I was adding to them and the soil, a little at a time. I can only fit about five or six blocks in my car trunk at once! (I have an Eclipse, and am coveting people’s pick-ups.) 🙂

Last year, in my mother’s yard, I planted marigolds at the corners of the cinder block bed, and some herbs in some of the other holes. Our winters are mild, but after we had some frosts, there was still lemon balm in one of those holes in the blocks. It was huge! The middle of the bed still had broccoli, which I thought I had knocked over to clean up later. It was blooming! And I hadn’t been taking care of the beds at that point, or watering at all. The basil I planted in the block holes also got huge last summer and fall. Herbs usually don’t require as much water as vegetables, so I probably could have ignored them part of the time last summer. They really took off when I did quit watering. I collected LOTS of basil seeds!

One thing you might have to watch out for, though, is ants. I think they like the cinder block beds even better than the wood ones. Maybe it’s the added heat?


P.S. You might be a homesteader if you’re raising rabbits. Just for their poop. 🙂

It’s the most complete animal manure fertilizer there is, and you don’t have to age it before using.


I never thought I was.. but I have lots of these happenings at my own house. You might be a homesteader if you have a clothesline and use it… look at a freshly rotatilled garden and love the color….. and have homemade jelly and pickles in your root cellar…. Love it!!!


Love your comment Tracey!


Love it! I’ve been trying to figure out how to expand my square foot garden without spending money. You helped solve my problem! I have loads of blocks hiding behind one of the out building.

You might be a homesteader if your medicine cabinet is also filled with jars bearing homemade labels. 🙂

You might be a homesteader if your favorite pair of footwear happen to be colorful muddy boots….and they are muddy (unlike the “fashion” mud boots that never get the chance to slosh through mud).


Yes Laurie I have to find ways to save money on every single little thing so I start getting creative with what I havexor barter for something I don’t. So happy I helped! 🙂

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