What a Self-Sustainer (in training) Looks Like

Hi, my name is Megan.

Last summer I planted my first garden.

Side note: The guy in the picture is my boyfriend Jordan. I will most likely mention him a lot throughout this blog because he is my muscle, my help with ideas, my support, and my best friend. Also, he’s Dutch so using resources wisely comes natural for him.

The guy in the picture is my boyfriend Jordan. I will mention him a lot throughout this blog because he is my muscle, my help with ideas, my support, and my best friend. Also, he’s Dutch so using resources wisely comes natural for him.

My garden took a lot of digging, sweat, and making mistakes and learning from them, but those things made the end result worth it. With the crunch of the skin breaking and my teeth slicing through my first green bell pepper, my mouth filled with the fresh and earthy flavors. Sure, it had a little dirt on it, but I knew that it hadn’t been touched by someone else, it had no harmful pesticides or fertilizers on it, and I didn’t have to buy it to support a big business that is doing more than fine in the finance department.

I planted my garden in my dad’s back yard since I am a poor college student who still lives with her parents. I actually live with my mom (divorced parents) where I was not allowed to tear up her grass, so I commuted to my dad’s house to tend my garden. Unfortunately, my dad is now moving from his home to another and I have to tear up someone else’s grass since I am still a poor college student living with my mom who doesn’t appreciate tearing up the yard for delicious food and hours of labor. Luckily, my boyfriend’s parents do appreciate such things and are allowing me to start again there.

What I am working with.

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Plant. Grow. Innovate. Appreciate. is where I’m going to post my progress of the garden, the ways I build without having to rely on China and/or large corporations, and the ways to use the produce from the garden to save money and a trip to the grocery store. But the most important part of all of this is to hear from you and what you would do or have done in the posts to come. This is a learning process for me, and hopefully for some of you, too. Join me on breaking ground towards a self-sustaining lifestyle.

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