Dean Homesteading B.Sc

Dean was born on a farm where he developed a love for Simple Living. There are many benefits, both health wise and financially, to living the homesteading lifestyle. It doesn't matter how small your home and section are - there are things you can do to become a little more self sufficient today. I am sure you will enjoy the discoveries you can make exploring our site - if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

About Dean

Dean has been living off the grid as much as possible over the past few years and is keen to share with others the benefits of the homesteading lifestyle. You can follow along with his free daily newspaper on Homesteading or you can join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

Unique Garden Paths

Ok so I am researching garden path design ideas and I come across a great low impact design that will give a really good view of the garden …

Picture of an aerial garden path

But then I think that perhaps this is a little extreme for many of the people who might wander through my garden?

So I check out other extreme path ideas and come across this …

Extreme cliff path construction

This would be a great path in my vertical garden section! And it certainly makes my original garden path idea seem a little more realistic.

However, I decide that I really want to make my garden more accessible so I better find a slightly more user friendly path.

After some looking I think I have found a great combination of extreme garden path meets grandma friendly garden path…

Picture of a grandma friendly aerial garden path

If a person had the space and the money this would be a great option I think. However, I do not have the trees to support such a construction, and I decide that growing a bunch of dead poles to support these paths just wouldn’t have the same effect. Back to the drawing board.

Not to be deterred I began looking for less lofty path construction techniques.

The next one is certainly spectacular and would stand out (at least at night) as it was lit up like a Christmas Tree.

The problem, apart from the cost, is that I am not sure it would fit too well my surroundings. One doesn’t want to be seen to be” showing off” and starting a war between neighbors as to who can produce the most spectacular night show.

Perhaps I will settle for a glow-worm like wall instead?

After much ado I think I have narrowed it down to a choice of a path made of wood rounds, or one of concrete shapes.  Since I am not much on the end of a concrete mixer perhaps I will go with wood rounds.

Path ideas sorted!

Next problem is what to build at the end of the garden path.

My initial thoughts were something like ..

Although, once again, I will probably have to settle for something a little more down to earth.

This one would certainly match the wood path idea …

picture of a she constructed from logs

But that is a story for another day …

Time to build a garden path!

Global Warming Guru Admits False Claims

Jack Lovelock points the finger at Gore and others when he falls on his own deceitful sword. The evidence does not support the hysterical claims made by global warming advocates and they know it. Lovelock admits all as he seeks attention to promote the latest of his Gaia books. We do not need to board ships for the polar regions, but we do need to start living sustainably is the new message as the false profits try to regain credibility.

Recycling Plastic Bottles For Low Cost Homesteading

With the plastic pollution reaching crisis proportions it is time we joined with these creative people in find better solutions to the plastic epidemic. Win win situations where recycling is actually cheaper than other options. If you want save money and do your bit to save the planet then you need to read on…

Why Should We Opt For The Simple Life

In the crazy world news we look at a couple of instances that indicate greedy corporates are destroying our way of life (if not our planet) and homesteading is way of fighting back.

Urban Homesteading – Bringing Farming To Town

Homesteaders have visions of creating a healthy and sustainable environment in town. Their neighbours are saying that they don’t want to live next door to a farm and the smells and noise that goes along with that – they chose urban living because that is the lifestyle they like. Who is right and can the two co-exist?

Natural Health Remedies: Homesteading Alternative To The Chemist

Long before drug companies there were natural health medicines being used around the world to heal the sick and wounded. These natural remedies have been shunned by the majority of health professionals despite the fact that they were successfully treating patients for hundreds of years. Going back to nature is the healthy and natural alternative.

Best Tasting Eggs – What To Feed Your Chickens

There some debate how to feed chickens to get the best tasting eggs, or even if what you feed chickens has any effect on the taste of eggs at all. For those who have tasted free range chicken eggs there is little doubt that there is a more vibrant colour and richer taste. What are the things that influence this taste difference the most ? Read on to see what the experts say.

Rooftop Urban Farming – Hydroponic Gardens With Zero Food Miles

Reducing food miles as part of an environmentally responsible society could mean growing more food in cities. One way that food might be produced down town is in roof-top gardens. Water collected from roofs could be channeled into hydroponic systems in greenhouse lofts. An added by-product benefit would be increased oxygen levels in inner cities, but the fresh fruit and vegetables would be most beneficial.

Inner City Gardens: Growing Food On A Balcony

When it comes to urban homesteading most people living in apartments rule themselves out. However, there is a growing trend (pardon the pun) of balcony gardens designed to produce a rich harvest. The Edible Balcony a new book by Indira Naidoo Naidoo’s story began at the Sydney Farmers Market where a stall holder offered her […]

Carnivorous Plants: Insect Eating Plant Fly Traps

When it comes to homesteading and self sufficiency carnivorous plants make a cheap and healthy alternative to using chemical insecticides. These plants are natures answer to bug spray. And I guess it should be no surprise to learn that nature is far more efficient in insect control than man’s best efforts.