Basics of Homestead Gardening

Homesteading typically refers to small-scale farming and self-sufficiency, often practiced on a family farm or small rural property. From cultivating various crops and raising livestock for consumption or sale, homestead farmers also do composting, rainwater harvesting, and crop rotation to maintain healthy soil and reduce reliance on external inputs like pesticides and fertilizers.

The main goal for homestead farmers is to have a well-planned garden for self-sufficiency and sustainability. Saving money, reducing their environmental footprint, and having fresh, healthy food at their fingertips are just one of the benefits. This goal is achieved over time, depending on the available resources, strategies are needed to tailor one's needs. 

Homestead Gardening Strategies

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Crop Rotation

Planting crops in a specific order to prevent soil-borne diseases and pests is key. Rotating crops keep a gardener's soil healthy and productive and eliminate harmful pesticides and chemicals.

Companion Planting

A homestead garden can contain crops with complementary growth patterns, nutrient needs, or pest-repelling properties. For example, planting beans with corn can help fix nitrogen in the soil and improve soil quality, while providing shade and support for the beans.

Seasonal Planting

Depending on someone's geography or climate, a farmer should know when to plant each crop for optimal yields, carefully considering local climate and soil conditions. Decide what to plant in the spring or fall to avoid extreme temperatures or drought.

Space Maximization

Using space-saving techniques to maximize garden space is crucial. Interplanting can include planting crops close together to maximize space and sunlight, while succession planting involves planting crops in stages to ensure a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.

Microbial Supplementation

This farming practice adds beneficial microorganisms to the soil to promote plant growth and health. Before even considering planting, preparing the ground with a diverse and balanced community of microorganisms is crucial to break down organic matter and fixing nitrogen. Look no further; SCD Probiotics' SCD Bio Ag is a product that can initiate that.


The above strategies, with proper garden planning and execution, are critical to increasing chances of success and having a bountiful harvest year after year. Are you ready to try homestead gardening? Get your SCD Bio Ag now!


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