101 ways to HOMESTEAD in the SUBURBS

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Homestead in the SuburbsHomesteading in the ‘burbs is all about becoming as self-sufficient as you can on a small parcel of land. We may not have rolling green hills for a herd of cattle, or acres of land for planting, but there is still a lot we can do with what we have.

Bloom where you are planted!

Not everyone is going to be able to do all of these. Not everyone is going to want to! And that’s ok.  I certainly haven’t managed them all and some that I try…well, I’m just not very good at *blush*

Don’t look at this as a to-do list. Rather, these are just some ideas to get you going. Most importantly,  remember homesteading is a mindset and should ultimately be about making your life better.

Get grubby and try these ideas in the garden

1. dig a vegetable garden
2. grow edible vines for shade
3. rotate your cropsimage
4. save your seed
5. swap produce with neighbours
6. plant fruit trees
7. fill pots with herbs and edible flowers
8. make weed tea
9. make homemade garden fertilisers
10. make your own mulch
11. DIY potting mix
12. lettuce, tomatoes and strawberries make fabulous pot plants if you are short on space in the ground
13. forage for edible weeds
14. try companion planting
15. explore permaculture
16. make dyes from the plants you grow and forage
17. discover what your weeds are telling you about your soil
18. compost your scraps

Animals on the Suburban Homestead

Backyard chickens make productive pets

19. create an insect hotel
20. keep bees
21. keep chickens for eggs
22. consider keeping chickens for meat as well
23. learn to despatch your own meat chickens for the dinner table
24. keep dairy goats if you have the room
25. pigeons and rabbits are good for meat if you are allowed to keep them in your area. Check your local council regulations and remember rabbits are NOT allowed in Queensland
26. try your hand at aquaponics
27. grow cereal crops and greens in your chook run
28. feed table scraps to your chickens

Take control of your food

Nothing beats the taste and smell of freshly baked bread

29. bake bread (I use this breadmaker)
30. cook meals from scratch LIKE A GRANDMA!
31. preserve the harvest
32. make your own condiments
33. learn to properly store food
34. meal plan
35. eat in season
36. bulk buy pantry staples
37. churn your own butter
38. if you usually buy a snack in a packet, learn to bake it yourself
39. dry your own herbs to use in cooking
40. use leftovers to create a new meal


Put the 'Home' into Homestead

Knitting dishcloths is an easy beginner project

41. carve your own wooden spoons
42. take up knitting
43. then take up crocheting
44. make your own household cleaners
45. make your own air freshener
46. grow flowers to brighten the home. This is your sanctuary!
47. learn to make home remedies from the herb garden
48. learn to sew your own clothes
49. knit a dishcloth
50. sew a tablecloth
51. mend clothes
52. darn socks
53. repair broken shoes
54. learn to sew a button on

5 More Ideas for Your Suburban Homestead

55. make your own pet food
56. compost pet poo
57. if you have a big block on the edge of town, why not keep sheep to provide your own wool (they can also provide meat, milk and mow the grass for you!)
58. learn to spin. You don’t even need a wheel! Start with a drop spindle instead.
59. learn to felt wool for making your own toys, clothes and bags

Kids on the Homestead

60. homeschool
61. make toys for your munchkins instead of buying them
62. have your children make gifts for family and friends
63. knit your own baby blankets and booties
64. involve your kids in caring for the home and garden

Take Care of Yourself

Make Your Own Deodorant65. make your own deodorant 

66. make your own soap
67. go one better and make your own cosmetics
68. sew your own menstrual pads



Homesteading involves the whole home and everyone in it

Learning to renovate is fun and saves money!

69. create a chore routine
70. DIY renovations
71. create your own artwork to decorate your home
72. weave a rug for the living room
73. sew curtains
74. make you rown beeswax polish for furniture
75. use solar power
76. make your own laundry powder or detergent
77. ditch the dryer and line dry
78. make your own soy or beeswax
79. sew a quilt to keep you warm  instead of turning on heaters
80. collect and store rainwater
81. utilise your greywater
82. composting toilets and ‘humanure’ are allowed by some councils
83. learn to take care of your own basic car maintenance
84. take up woodworking
85. learn to use handtools
86. sharpen your own gardening tools
87. learn the basics of plumbing
88. do odd jobs yourself instead of calling a handyman

Take Control of Your Finances

89. make a plan and work towards getting out of debt. It may take a long time, but keep going in the right direction
90. learn to budget
91. save for a rainy day
92. start a home-based business, maybe taking advantage of some of your developing craft skills!
93. stockpile basic food in case of job loss or natural disaster

Build Your Community

I dried a bootload of rosemary a friend was giving away

94. shop at farmers markets
95. buy from the farm door
96. meet your neighbours and help them out when you can. They’ll hopefully return the favour
97. join community organisations
98. share what you know with others then share your mistakes with them too! We can learn from each other 🙂
99. organise a seed swap
100. barter
101. exchange. Last month I swapped a dozen of our free range eggs for some handmade soap. A mutually beneficial trade.


There you have it! 101 ideas for homesteading in the suburbs. I’ll bet you can think of a few more and I’d love to hear them so please share your ideas below.

Happy homesteading xx





6 thoughts on “101 ways to HOMESTEAD in the SUBURBS

  1. Great list. When we were stuck in our townhouse and dreaming of moving to the country, we focused on what we could do and as you point out, there are so many ways to live more self-sufficiently. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement – just what I needed today! Pinned and shared to spread the word.

  2. Love it! Great list,. I am on the bread mission at the moment with a sour dough starter in the making. Never tried sour dough so we shall see. I am trying to pick a couple of things to tackle at one time as other wise it can feel a bit overwhelming. I love your blog. btw.

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve never tried sourdough either but want to one day. Let me know how you go with it please ? One thing at a time is definitely the way to go. There is always something new to learn ☺ Thanks for reading and commenting x

  3. Thanks Kirstee. Just when I happen to be doubting my abilities in so many of these skills, you remind me of so many more that I can or already do. I’m off to sew a button back on to a lonely shirt. X

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