Hey Folks,

Lately, I have been trying to figure out, what exactly do I blog about. I know it’s a lifestyle blog, but I feature a lot of recipes and I talk about gardening and DIY. I finally figured out that I am homesteading. So I decided to start a blog, BlackHomesteader.com which I planned to launch this year when my partner and I got a place together. I have had to push things back, but that did not hold me back from being interested in things that were centred around homesteading. Lacking the space, I still learn what I can. With my experience, I wanted to share 5 days You To Start An Apartment Homestead.

5 Ways To Start An Apartment Homestead


1. Grow Your Own Food-

I grow what I can with my balcony. I specifically choose a place with a larger balcony for that purpose. You can grow vertically, use containers or small raised beds. There are many options. This fall I have these plants & Herbs:

  • Serrano peppers (left over from summer)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Aloe
  • Bell peppers (left over from summer)
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Curly Leaf Parsley
  • Chives
  • Spinach
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Kale

Collage of my plants over time

2. Compost Your Waste –

I compost my own food using a small kitchen composter and on my balcony a 4-gallon bucket that I put holes in it with a drill. It doesn’t smell terribly bad and it is kind of fascinating to me to see it change slowly into “black gold” which is supposed to be a gardener term for good soil.

3. Ferment Your Own Foods

I haven’t started to learn to ferment food but it would be neat to make some nut cheese or homemade wine. There are tons of options for making yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, vinegar, and kombucha.

4. Can Your Harvests


I was super intimidated by canning because I am afraid of boiling water. It’s a long story.. a long embarrassing story, but I conquered my fears and learned to can. I do love preserves and there are tons of things you can preserve. It brings out the inner prepper in me.

Read More: Canning Learning to Preserve Your Harvests

5. Do it Yourself-

I have made my own candles, cleaning supplies, hair products, and body washes so far, and I plan to make more. Being a homesteader means you will often need skills such as sewing, and woodworking if you plan to be on your own in the country. I have a headstart on many of these skills thanks to my momma, but I am definitely planning on learning more.

Bonus Tip

I am learning about the Community Supported Agriculture programs around the country. You can go to a local farm or even a small farmers market and sign up for a subcription box of produce. It’s super neat, and you can get fresh veggies that you can’t fit on your balcony to grow. More info on CSAs and where to find one in your area can be found here.



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