Hilary Duinker wrote:
I think off-grid is ok in the title, but spending some time crafting a subtitle that will entice folks who are just starting down the homesteader/permie trail. "develop the kitchen skills to homestead successfully in any kitchen".
Leigh Tate wrote:Brenna, welcome to Permies and congratulations on your new homestead! Your property sounds wonderful.
You are so right about eye openers. We had the same one when we were first on well water. Also learning that I couldn't simple plug the hose into the kids' Slip-N-Slide because the holding tank ran out of water!
You've done well to make a start before you move to your place. If you plan to spend some time simply observing, it will serve you well. It helps to become familiar with weather patterns, wind and rain directions, water drainage locations, shade and sun patterns, etc. And by not starting out gangbusters, you have fewer "oh no" moments. :)
Andrea Hicks wrote:My experience was similar. We’ve been living in the country for 3 years now. My big shock came from our septic system, which backed up all through our house before we realized there was any problem. If you also have one of those, my advice is, make sure the covers are accessible and not too grown over, and lift off and check levels every few months. If it gets backed up, it’s far better to know that sooner than later. Good luck!