Apartment Homesteading

Monek Marie
Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited June 2021 in The Urban Gardener

Interesting ideas for apartment homesteading. It even includes raising animals. I would have chosen a different animal but it served a purpose for what she wanted.

For those in a small space what animals might you include?


  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    That's cool! We live in a mobile home on a tiny strip of rented land so this kind of info is great for me :). I believe everyone can homestead wherever they are :).

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,356 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for posting this. I needed a reminder that I'm not as limited as it usually feels like. I am very blessed with what I have and need to get better at doing what I can with it instead of waiting for the ideal situation.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always try to use as less space as possible. I believe it focuses you to plan better and its easier to weed and water.

    I had a friend who had a balcony garden right downtown New Orleans on Bourbon street. They grew corn and cotton along with other unique crops you would never expect on a balcony. It looked like a very inviting Jungle! Glad you like this link @Michelle D @karenjanicki I also believe anyone can homestead anywhere and should. Life is too unpredictable not too

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A pallet garden or gutter garden propped against the trailer would grow a considerable amount of produce.

    @Monek Marie Your quail would be a better choice for food. But, it looks like she wants fiber. Then the Angora rabbits further down in the article make sense.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl I raised angoras once. I don't think I could eat them. They're a bit too cute and also a lot of work. I was going to raise them to sell, but more than half of the people want to return them once the cuteness wears off. Yes, her idea for fiber makes sense in her raising them but other rabbits or quail make more sense

    I have used both gutters and pallet for planting on walls and fences. Gutters are great for self watering.

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 951 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice article. I used to macrame pot hangers when I was a kid. I should do that to make more space on my patio.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @tave I used to make Macrame pot holders too and had thought about make more. It has been years.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭✭

    @Monek Marie thank you for this wonderful idea. I never imagined I could be a homesteader because I live in an apartment. Wow! it has enlivened my mind!

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    I love that idea! Thanks for sharing :). I'd have to find out if the park owners would allow it first. They're crazy strict. But I think that looks adorable and efficient!

  • Kuri and Kona
    Kuri and Kona Posts: 177 ✭✭✭

    I really enjoyed the article! I really believe that everyone can do something to be sustainable and more independent.

    I used to live in a very tiny apartment. While I couldn`t grow my own groceries, I supported local agriculture by buying from local farmers. I bought a hand cranked washer for emergencies, and then decided to wash my laundry in it. (It fit a surprising amount in it.)

    Although there was a balcony outside each apartment, we were not allowed to hang clothes or even put a single pot on it. But nothing stopped me from making pickled plums and setting them to dry right inside the window. I stopped using all disposable paper products. I made my own cleaners and used soap nuts as laundry detergent/ shampoo. And, although I did not have a garden, I got a big bucket and started doing bokashi compost.

    Now that I live in a bigger apartment, I can hang laundry outside. It is a lot easier to cook with three stove burners, instead of the one that I used to have. Best of all, I am growing as much food as possible in my garden.

    I will never be able to do as much as someone with a lot of acres, but I can do something, and I can become a little more self sufficient every year. I think that is the whole idea. 😁

  • burekcrew86
    burekcrew86 Posts: 248 ✭✭✭

    Interesting article. I’m a firm believer that everyone can do something to become more self-reliant. Great reminder to “think outside the box”.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My one friend who had a small apartment had a compost barrel in her dining/livingroom area. No one knew it was there unless she showed them.

    They do have those small kitchen counter composting containers that can easily set on a counter. I alos have a friend who has one of those, just because its fast and easy to throw items in. (She has 16 acres of land)