Why would someone want to live off grid today- Part 3

So in carrying on with this series, talking about why in today’s world, someone might want to live off the grid and back to a very simple-yet less convenient way of life. I have shared four good reasons with you so far and went into detail as to why those reasons are valid. In recap, the first 4 reasons were: 1) To grow your own healthy-non GMO food. 2) The many aspects of this way of life that really speak to some folks spiritual side. 3) The constant rising prices associated with all aspects of life, especially food. 4) As it gets more expensive to live on the grid and in the cities, off the grid will always be as cheap as you make it.

 So here are my next 2 good reasons. 1) To keep farm animals. A lot, if not most places will not allow folks to keep farm animals in the cities, let alone even in some urban areas that are just outside city limits. Keep animals such as chickens can be highly rewarding, cut the cost of feeding a family and have proven to be therapy. As the food in stores becomes more and more unnatural and unhealthy and downright expensive, more people are turning to raising certain farm animals they use to offset their family’s food bill drastically.

2) Move off grid to get away from people. It’s no secret that as the population grows in the cities and where ever a greater density of people can be found, that houses are being built to close and apartments, urghhh. Who likes that way of living? I mean really, I do not like having to keep my curtains pulled day and night just to preserve my privacy! I personally like to make good use of the natural light, called sun light, during the day. Living in close quarters is just to unhealthy, downright unnatural and usually stressful at times. When you choose to move off grid out in the country, you can also choose the land you purchase…which usually means trees and the deer as neighbors!

The Missouri Ozarks has a lot of land that can be considered prime- off grid living , homesteading type land. I personally have watched for 7 years as the MO. Ozarks have become a pretty popular place for this very way of life. We came 7 years ago, when the movement was still just a thought. But since then Dogwood Hollow Homestead, my homestead, has become a sort of beacon of light for those looking for the off grid way of life for themselves. I do help folks learn what they need to know and find land here and am very happy to do so. So if anyone reading this finds themselves interested in this lifestyle for themselves and in need of such information…drop me a line at my email and say hi.

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Why would someone want to live off the grid today-Part 2

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As I talked about my first 2 reasons for living off the grid in part 1 of this series, I have decided to carry on with the series and list a few more reasons that someone, today, would want to live off the grid. Most of my readers know, by now, that I have lived off the grid in TX county MO. for close to 8 years now. So over the course of that time I have had the opportunity to meet many others in the area and surrounding areas that live similar to me. As off grid mind set usually goes, I try and surround myself with those of like mind. There is a healthy population of good folks that are living off the grid, back to a homesteading lifestyle here in Tx. County and surrounding counties. We all have different reasons in our forefront for living this way, but we all have a lot more other reasons in common.

Another reason someone would want to live this way is because of the constant rising prices associated with all aspects of life. Food prices are on the rise right now and there is no surprise that there are even food shortages taking place and more forecast. It has gotten nearly impossible to feed your family on one income, let alone 2. So to offset that one would naturally understand that if they were to grow, raise, hunt, fish, and wild forage for most of their food, they could feed themselves and their family better….and healthier too! That takes land. So moving off the grid surely comes into mind. Although not required to produce your own food, it does make it cheaper when you don’t have to pay all those utility bills.

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Which brings us to another reason….money has lost it’s value and it is getting worse. A dollar, let alone a hand full of dollars just can not get you much of anything now. So if there is one way to cut spending where it does not really matter, think of utility bills. The fact is, for most people, grid tied power, grid tied running water, internet, cable/satellite TV are luxuries that are not necessary to live. If that is so, then cutting all those bills could allow you a lot more money. So as it gets more expensive to live on the grid and in the cities, off the grid will always be as cheap as you make it. Even off the grid folks can have luxury, if they want it.

But as food prices are rising and set to rise even more with no end in sight it would be smart to do something to offset food prices and probably other living expenses. We live in a changing world, an uncertain future lies ahead and you owe it to your loved ones and yourself to be able to survive what may lie ahead in humanities path to challenge us.

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Why would someone want to live off grid today-Part 1?

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It’s a fair question. Taking into consideration how easy life has become compared to how it used to be, which off grid living traditionally focuses on past ways of living. Things such as washing your laundry by hand has been replaced with modern day washing machines, growing your own food has been replaced with shopping in modern day grocery stores. So life has gotten easier, more convenient. To understand what mind frame a person has to be in and what they see in a lifestyle that has all but been placed in the history books, we have to ask the right person/people. Me and my family has been living this way for almost 7 years. For the first 6 and a half years we didn’t even use renewable energy.

So we had oil lamps for lights, and nothing we owned except this laptop computer ran on electricity. About 6 months ago some people donated solar panels to use and so we have made a go with that. But even though we now have some solar energy, life for us has not really changed at all. We still live as close to the land and natural as we did before. A convenient way of life, is still not a proper way to describe our lifestyle. I suspect there are many reasons someone would want to live off grid today, but for me it is simple yet based on more than one reason. There are many aspects of this way of life that really speak to my spiritual side and I am not talking religion here folks, I am talking a healthy respect for nature, feel good energies that exist where peace and serenity is abundant and the animals themselves as companions.

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2nd, I have a very large problem with the food that is being made today and sold in the grocery stores labeled as “food”. In fact, more and more of that so called food is becoming more poisonous to people each year. There is a problem when people see themselves as more powerful than God and think they can replace God. I am talking about playing God by CHANGING the food in a laboratory (Genetically Modified) as opposed to growing it in the ground and leaving it as it is, as God intended. So my family grows our food. We hunt, fish, wild forage, raise, barter and trade with others, that do the same. The food we grow and raise is done so naturally, no chemicals of any kind are allowed in our garden or animal pens.

The food we find in the forest, is naturally organic and we make strong relationships with those that live as we do so we know what they use to grow the food we trade for. So in closing, my advice is, grow and raise your own, as much as you can and know what you and your family are eating. You’ll find when you do that, good health comes natural as well.

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Agenda 21- Abolish Private Property


Agenda 21. We have heard this term for a long time. But what is it? Well there are multiple factors and subjects that Agenda 21 deals with. If you have never heard of the UN Agenda 21, and you care about your family, children, life, then I suggest you do what most Americans never will do and that is research it. Learn all you can and make your own decisions based on the findings as to how you will be dealing with the new world. Those of us that know a lot about it understands that there will be a fight and there will be only 2 sides, not a neutral side. It boils down to either you choose to be free or you choose to be enslaved and possibly eradicated. All in the name of global domination/control.

It has nothing to do with wars….but it IS a war and it is being waged on freedom. As an off gridder in the southern Ozarks of Missouri I am a private property land owner. We grow, raise and forage for almost all the foods we consume and what we don’t produce ourselves we trade and barter and buy in bulk. That means we have a small farm, garden plots and orchards….what have you. Our 100% wooded homestead is a forest of food and medicine. If UN Agenda 21 has it’s way, that becomes wrong, not fair, illegal and up for grabs by the government. The land owners will be forced off their land and back into the city where they can be watched, monitored and controlled at every aspect of their lives. That includes complete control of their children as well.

Agenda 21

All under the disguise of sustainable living. Although there is nothing sustainable about their plan. In a nut shell their plan is complete control over the worlds people, global depopulation and complete indoctrination of all planetary children to be nothing but more consumers, more slaves. The parents are taken out of the picture. And they are seeking to make this a law at the local level. That is so local law enforcement can help them do their job that otherwise would be next to impossible, world wide. For home owners and land owners that spells trouble because you have what others can not have. They say the problem is not every person can hold land, so no one should hold private land. That land should be controlled and owned by the one world government.

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Agenda 21 is very bad thing. You really need to enlighten yourselves because Sheep only follow they listen to their leader, they do not think for themselves, they do not ask questions. Do you want that to be you? Living off grid, homesteaders, as we are, we understand fully what this means to us and all peoples if it is ever fully implemented, and it has already started. Mostly out west and in certain areas, such as the Bundy Ranch, where the govt. is stealing private land and no one can stop them. People have been forced to leave their off grid homes and the homes destroyed. The Tiny House movement is under attack and they are banning tiny homes in certain places. Even those that live off grid are under attack and if you follow a self sufficient, sustainable way of life then you are in their cross hairs.

Agenda 21 future

This is all part of the agenda to make it so no one is self sufficient, no one can hide or live totally free. All under the disguise that everyone can not be free, so no one should be. I ask, will you fight or be enslaved? A lot, if not most of you, would answer saying you would fight. But I ask you……are you fighting? I ask because Agenda 21 is already in full force all around you and no one seems to be doing a damn thing. If you research and learn what it entails you are no longer blind to its disguises. They know you will fight if it was tossed at you all at once, making it blatantly obvious. That is why they are incorporating it into your daily lives over the course of decades, and we are in decade #2 for the Agenda 21 push. By 2030, Agenda 21 will be implemented fully and you will be fully indoctrinated into it. You won’t know because it was fed to you slowly. They keep you distracted and blinded and then move when you are. That way you will not fight. This is the same way Hitler made his move as well, FYI….REALLY RESEARCH IT!

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So, we come to this, what will you do? How will you live? What can you do? Well first get better acquainted with what we are up against. Research, read, watch videos, learn all you can. Then start fighting now before the bullets start flying get ready, prepare yourself and your family to survive as long as possible and on your own. Move, now, towards self sufficient living, sustainable living, buy off grid land and leave the city and start doing every damn thing for yourself. FREE YOURSELF from the tyranny that holds you NOW. Start there and make a life for yourself and your family and close friends that think the same way. Grow your own food, make your own furniture, live off the land, learn to make your own natural medicines, learn to brew your own, beer is legal to brew, as is wine, as long as you don’t sell it. Raise animals and plant trees and help others get free of their jail cell in society too!

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Teach your kids to fight for their rights, their freedom. Teach them to grow and raise their own food forage for wild foods and make natural medicine from the forest. Teach them to hunt, make weapons and stand on their word, for freedoms sake. And tell them to teach their children to do the same! Live what you preach and preach what you live and don’t be afraid to stand up for your rights and the right to life, to exist! And when it comes down to it…….FIGHT! And I mean take up arms, as the constitution gives you the power, and FIGHT FOR YOUR INHERIT RIGHT AS A HUMAN BEING TO EXIST FREELY ON THIS ROCK WE CALL HOME! Fight for all of humanity and don’t let them take a damn thing from you without firing a bullet. We all know this country was founded on those that broke away from the tyranny of England, now lets not let the evil UN take England’s place without giving them what we gave tyranny the last time!

As an American veteran, homesteader, off gridder, a friend……I hope this sinks in real well. Until next time brothers and sisters. Peace!

-Spirit Walker

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Winter storm on the homestead, were we prepared?


For months, here in southern Missouri Ozarks, Dogwood Hollow Homestead has seen nothing but late spring like and summer like weather. In fact everything has bloomed and blossomed and grew. From wild flowers to our peach trees, to the garden annuals, everything has sprouted as if Spring was officially here. THEN…over the last few days, snow, ice, freezing rain, high winds, freezing temperatures as well as frost! Everything we were used to seeing in winter just shows up overnight. So the short answer is, no…………….haha, of course we were ready folks! Don’t you know part of living off the grid, well as hard as we do it, is to always be prepared. So with propane tanks filled, attic stocked full of bulk foods, pantry stocked full of everyday foods, water just within reach and available, animal pens all ready. Rabbit boxes and hutches all weather proof and the garden ONLY planted with cold weather crops….we were ready.

Question is, were you ready? I know many parts of the country is seeing what some are calling freak storms, blizzard conditions and high rains, incredible winds and some were not prepared. I ask you why? Why were you, if this pertains to you, were you not ready? Was it because the weather channel or the weather man/lady did not warn you it was coming? I ask you, how will they warn you when they had no idea themselves? But why is this true. Why didn’t even the weather authorities know about the changes that were coming that are here now? The more important question is, should you be concerned and to a point where you become prepared for anything? Because if the weather authorities can no longer tell you the weather, then you need to be prepared for anything. As it looks, be prepared for what others would call you crazy for, such as a freak snow storm and temperatures in the teens after a month of 80’s and everything for spring grows.


Taking into count you want to change things and become prepared, better than you are now. Here are some tips you want to consider, coming from someone that has been living prepared for almost 7 years.

  • Have a back up source of heat. Make sure you have the fuel that goes along with your back up source readily stocked. Keep in mind things like gas pumps, kerosene pumps, propane pumps, they all run off electricity and hardly any business has a back up source of electricity for when there is no power.
  • Have a stock pile of food and water. This means a stock pile that you do not eat on constantly. Things such as 50 Lb. bags of beans, rice, flour etc. #10 cans of veggies and a way to store up the rest once you open those large cans so it does not go bad. Think, pressure canner.
  • Have a source of water that is not connected to the grid. Once the grid goes down, for whatever reason (tornado?) then there is no more clean water.
  • Have a way to communicate once the normal ways are down. Think, ham radio. And get the training that goes along with it so you will be able to call for help IF you need to.
  • Be prepared to be stranded where you are. Warm clothing, life saving medicines, if you have those or any natural medicines you might use on a regular basis. You don’t want to be unprepared without what you need thinking you can just run and get them if needed because once something happens it affects pharmacies and stores too, not just you.
  • Have back ups to your back ups! A very important one. Because you have no idea how long you may need to shelter in place or bug out. So be ready for your supplies to go down and have ways to replenish things like water, medicine and food. That means get some chickens, grow a food garden, a medicine garden (herbal medicine). Line up access to a local well, trade for trade? Work it out before hand that in an emergency, you can supply something IF they allow you access to their well.
  • Have a generator. That well will not work, usually, if there is no power. If you have a generator you have energy and that means the well can be powered. Don’t forget to learn how to temporarily convert the well.
  • Stock up on fuel for the generator and your vehicle, if that works after SHTF. Again, those pumps in the city will not work, neither will their computerized cash registers or electrical doors….
  • Stock up on ammo and get a gun for your family’s sake. If you are in a situation that lasts a long time guess what folks that are not ready are going to do? That’s right, come find those that are ready and take what they have. So be prepared to defend your life, and the lives of your family as well as your preps, which are your life lines when SHTF.
  • Think long term and short term. You won’t have refrigeration, so canning is a good method to preserve what you have that might go bad in that freezer. Unless you have the ability to power that refrigerator, you will be canning a lot of food, possibly. Solar panels? Wind turbine? If you had a battery bank fully charged when your personal situation comes, you will be powered while everyone else is not. And as long as the sun and wind does their duties, you will have energy.


Get my books, I write about this stuff and live what I write. My books are packed with information that you need to know to be prepared for anything. Click the link to be taken to where the books are. Research ways to be prepared and watch YouTube videos. Taking steps to be more knowledgeable about how to survive when necessary, is by far your most powerful prep. Now get out there and plant some seeds!

What to expect living off grid

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So you want to move off the grid and get back to a homesteading life? Well good for you! If more people made that decision instead of the one to just follow all the other sheep in the world, give up their inherit freedoms, free thinking ability and self sufficiency…to name a few sacrifices of modern life, it would be a healthier world. But what should you expect now? As a newbie, moving off the grid is a lonnnnnnnng road. There is so much one needs to learn moving from a modern day life back into the past. I have lived off grid for many years, in the forest on my homestead in the southern Missouri Ozarks, and I am still learning how to do it.

First you need to understand, you can never stop learning. It has taken you a lifetime to learn what you know about modern life. So imagine how long it will take you to learn life all over again? So, for the rest of your off grid journey, even if it will be for the rest of your life, you can not stop learning. Learning how to do things different than how they are done in modern day life, how you have done it for your whole life, is a nonstop school. One problem I have watched folks do when trying to love off grid is, that they seem to think they can go off grid and learn how to live that way of life in a very short time. So when the going gets tough, as it always will, they give up, and quickly too. How will they ever learn to live a different way when they do not give it a chance?


So if I had to give a piece of advice, it would be to join up with some one, some people that have experience in this way of life. Live near them and learn all you can for 4 seasons. After 1 year like that you will have a general idea of what you can expect. Every place is different. Each state has its own weather and living off grid you will need to learn to work with mother nature, not hide inside from her. When it is raining out and has not stopped for 3 days, you can not expect that “break in the rain”. You will have to pony up and get out there and feed those chickens, pigs, ducks, what have you. When it is below zero outside you can not wait for spring to get out there and repair your momma rabbit hutch or you will be picking up frozen dead babies from the snow. They will wonder out of that broken cage, no doubt. So there is a larger responsibility than what you may have been used to in modern day society.

You will have to get used to being outdoors more. Off grid it is not feasible to have air conditioning, a controlled environment and so in the summer it is HOT indoors, in winter it is warm if you have wood heat but you will still have many responsibilities, if you are doing it right, which requires you to be outside most of the day, on some days. Raising a small farm growing your own food, these things make it so you will have to be outdoors very often. Most of the days, at the homestead, I am outside 90 percent of my day. As the days get longer, I am outside more. Its safe to say that my family has no problem with a Vitamin D deficiency, as the sun gives us all we need! Gardening alone, is a job that demands your presence most of the days in a week, hours each day, again, if you are not ignoring your responsibilities.

Tomatoes grown in humanure

According to how primitive your set up will be, or will start out as, you may not be able to have a shower each night. At my place, I do not have a shower set up, per say. I have an old bathtub sitting out under some trees that I can stand in and use a 28 oz. recycled food can with holes in the bottom, held above my head as a shower. I can also simply wash off anytime I want, but no showers here. However, in winter, washing off near the wood stove, where the water will be heated, is all there is available. So you may have to get used to the fact that you can not shower every single night. In fact, if you research the health problems associated with constant showering/bathing, you might change your mind anyhow! Things learned through that research are what helped/helps me easily transition into different ways of living.

Other stuff, such as researching what consuming GMO foods does to you, as opposed to organic farm raised food, makes transition smoother for most folks, but the shower thing, could take getting used too. Problem and truth is….modern societal life just is not healthy at all and that includes aspects that you may have an issue with because society has, in fact, brainwashed you into your belief patterns. Some folks will have to get used to the idea that you may be eating the same food for lunch and dinner as you ate for first meal. This is basically because off grid living comes with alternative ways of cooking and keeping food. There is usually no electric/gas stove and no refrigeration. So a Dutch oven meal cooked over the wood stove, while you slept, will become the “meal for the day”. It is usually eaten 2-3 times. Another part of this is due to the fact that with no refrigeration, you have to eat it up before it spoils.


This brings us to the different eating patterns. On a meal routine? Might not be feasible when you will be the busiest you’ve ever been in your life, what with running the homestead/farm and being a parent. The animals, your food production, cutting wood, making fires, building, etc. all this cuts into your routine quite invasively. You will have to learn to “go with the flow” and do what you can when you can. It might be time to eat and on the way into your cabin (if you have a cool little cabin in the woods) the pigs escape! Yup, happens all the time. Now you have about 30 minutes or so that you will have to devote to catching those hogs, getting them back in their pen, where they don’t want to be and then you still have to repair the fence they destroyed to get out. Yup….happens all the time. Then there is always that rain coming in the distance and you are putting on the cabin roof or trying to get the seeds put in in time or have to get that new pile of firewood stacked so it can be covered, all before that rain, which is quickly approaching, sets in. SO…eating comes later!

7 years off the grid, living on my forest homestead where we raise all sorts of food and animals, and do everything as manual as we can and as primitive….there has never been a dull day! Used to drinking city water? Well not usually any of that off the grid. We consume rain water, well water, spring water and that is all. Sometimes we have had to gather river water or spring water and filter it ourselves. The rain water will always need filtering as well. The water tastes different. Most folks coming to the homestead brings bottled water because they do not know what to expect. We have them try the good ole well water and  they either hate it or love it. But those that have denied it later ends up loving it. So it is safe to say, that city water is quite dangerous for you and our clean well water is safer. And when you are used to all those chemicals they put in the city water, it changes your taste. So when you taste clean water, it is either hard or easy for you. And to top it off, if you just do not drink water, you will have to get used to drinking water or you will be dead! Problem is, off grid life comes with no controlled atmosphere and lots of hard work, outside, in the heat. Don’t drink a lot of water, you will be sorry.


You may have to get used to eating different foods. Usually, if done right, off grid life comes with eating foods that is grown in the ground, organic, clean (healthy), hand raised onsite and sometimes wild! Those tastes will be very different than what city folks are used too. And if you are so brainwashed as to what the evil doers that do not want folks becoming to self sufficient and sustainable train their sheep to believe, you will STILL have an issue eating certain foods even if it tastes great!

Believe me, we host many friends and strangers to the homestead each year  for all sorts of reasons, I have seen this to many times. Again, some research will go a long way when you have to get used to eating new and possibly strange foods. Something such as Opossum stew is great and resembles a very expensive pot roast of beef or pork. Problem is, since you can not buy it in stores, folks have been taught not to eat it because it can be dangerous….far from the truth. They give no thought to how that chicken, beef and pork was raised they consume from their local grocery and just how deadly that is to eat!


As an experienced homesteader who lives off grid in the forest, a few suggestions can be offered:

  • Do research on subjects you might need to understand in detail, such as chicken raising. Don’t just assume you know or assume it is not hard or that you will learn as you go. Those mind frames will get all your chickens dead in no time!
  • Practice ways you may need to be more in tuned too. Such as how to start fires without lighters, matches or other modern day fire starting methods. Truth is, those items will not always be available and living off grid you are usually pretty far out of society, therefore when it is morning and raining and your wood stove has burned out and it is COFFEE TIME, and your fire starting tools are kaput you can start a fire! Believe me….it happens!
  • Learn to plant food and actually get it to grow. Take some classes in organic gardening and for God’s sake, research the background and make sure the classes are not supported by some biotech company such as Monsanto. For those of you that have no idea, the “Master gardener” program available to most people, IS a Monsanto backed deal.
  • Read, read, read! Books on all things associated with off grid living and homesteading is a must! You can not get much better information than from books. If you are not a reader, get someone to read to you or learn to like reading! Here is a link to my off grid books to get you started.
  • Watch video! Yes, watching videos online will teach you more in a small amount of time that you can ever imagine. I have seen thousands of videos on YouTube, alone, and all of them geared towards off grid homesteading than I ever imagined I would be watching. You can learn ANYTHING from YouTube videos, and I mean anything!
  • Find a group of people, off grid commune type place, and shack up with them for a year. What you will learn while being there, that year, will be what saves your off grid future….and what builds it. Off gridders, are a communal type people. We love to network and trade and rely on other off gridders to have our backs if ever SHTF. So network with those that will contribute to your new way of life.
  • Downsize your life which means get rid of all your societal stuff. There is no place for it off grid. Someone said, well I will eventually have solar or wind power. Right, good, but what you don’t understand is that those electrical appliances you had in city life will not operate efficiently on solar or wind power. Those electrical things are made to be plugged into a never ending supply of power, and made to consume as much power as possible so that you have that electric bill to pay (not kidding). And usually off grid living means tiny house living too.


What ever you do, do not give up. Living off the grid is highly rewarding for you and your kids, your whole family. Life will change, bet that, but it will change for the better, if you allow it too. I know, I have watched for years, my own life change before me into something that is amazing, to say the least. Moving into an off grid way of life is a path that is less taken, so bet you will find stumbling blocks, to me….those are called lessons and I think the God above for them all!

Growing crops in winter successfully!

Blue Kale and Sweetpeas

Last years Blue Kale crops and some Sweet peas

Folks it is still winter on the homestead…well sort of. According to our, (outdated?) calendar, we are still in winter season. Problem is, winter, for us, technically, has been over for weeks. In fact we have already planted some stuff in our garden, not in a green house, and it is successfully growing. Things we have had planted for a few years, that usually comes up around the end of March, officially spring, is already growing and has been for weeks. SO because we are up on all the changes taking place and aware of the changes announced by the USDA in the planting zones (2012) and because we live out in nature daily, actually about 90 percent of my day is spent out in the forest, we have learned to see things differently. I also am an empath, as some of you may know, and intuition is a large part of how I look at the world and every aspect in it, including people.

So I decided to plant some seed. Nothing to crazy, I stuck o cool weather crops. However, when I seen nature waking early and watched as wild mustard grew and became as green as a Crayola crayon, I decided it was time to plant mustard in the garden as well as collards, and some other goodies. Again, all successful. So what does this mean? Well it means you need to come out of your winter blues slumber and get out there and start your garden now! Strawberries and potatoes and onion sets can be seen in our Walmart here, in fact we bought onions and strawberries and planted the onions already. Over 100 sets, in fact. The strawberries we will wait on because we still have to get some black plastic, but we will be planting them soon.


Avocado tree sprouting and growing in Missouri

At Dogwood Hollow Homestead we grow food not for a hobby, but because we live as self sufficient as possible. So we grow food to eat! So it is to our advantage to get as many crops into the soil as possible at the earliest possible time. As our last few winters have been getting shorter and shorter and spring coming earlier and earlier, as it seems, we decided to start seeds this month, February. Some seed we knew would grow. Others we planted to see what happens. For those of you that understand and know what is going on with the changing of earth’s climates, it is highly recommended to plant seed at earlier, now, as an experiment to see what you might be able to grow earlier.

We started planting some seed the second week of February and almost all we planted has came up and still growing successfully. Only a few did not, but we planted a few old seeds which could be the reason. We have been growing our own organic food for almost 7 years and we plant only heirloom seed. So here is 10 crops we have growing at the homestead:

  • Red Romaine Lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Turnips/Turnip Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Collards
  • Green Onions (planted last year)
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic (planted in the fall)
  • German Chamomile (planted last year)
  • Thyme (planted last year)
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Cherry Belle Radish
  • Daikon Radish
  • Echinacea (planted last year)

Raised beds filled with humanure

Garden boxes ready to be planted

Now although those are things we planted either last season (for perennial) or recently (successful experiment), there are a few more crops that you are already supposed to be able to plant now, or at least within a few weeks of today’s date. According to the historical and farmers almanac records for Tx. County Missouri, here is a list of some crops that you should be able to plant now successfully. Some crops should be covered with plastic when the night temperatures occasionally drop pretty cold, but for the most part these crops are cool weather anyhow.

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • All Greens
  • Lettuces
  • Snow peas
  • Sweet peas
  • Potatoes
  • Onion bulbs
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Strawberries

 If you are new to gardening and do not know where to turn, hopefully this information can get you started. After looking around the area, I have already noticed Walmart and other stores have their seeds and gardening stuff available. So apparently they know the value of the season change as well! Good luck and keep growing!