This time of year is kind of a time of re-evaluation for me. After going through the growing season and seeing what flourished and what was harvested and what I’ll never do again, it can either make you want to give up all together or make you try a little harder.

I’ve heard people say that being resourceful or self sufficient is because you grew up in the scarcity mindset , but is that really true?

Not only is growing your food therapeutic , but it’s more about knowing where your food came from and multiplying. Isn’t that a smart thing to do ?I remember reading something after creation that we were told to be fruitful and multiply.

I have multiplied having a few kids ,but I want to multiply in every aspect of what I’m doing. I want to take what I have been given, every little seed, and make it grow.

Where we live in the Ozark Mountains our property might not be the ideal property some would choose for the farmstyle life. It’s hilly,Rocky, and not the greatest soil ,but it is possible to grow and hopefully multiply with a little hard work.

We’ve started this process by building almost completely cost free raised beds this year. We are planning over the winter building a few more.

Our first year of trying to grow directly in the ground did not go well here except for some tomatoes , peppers,and okra that did well. This year we actually produced cucumbers, zucchini,squash, spinach, carrots, different kinds of lettuce,and herbs to add to those. I feel like the raised beds helped the process.

We made the raised beds out of some free pallets that someone just needed off their property. We split them into a couple of pieces after looking at their size and screwed all the corners together.

After that we took old metal roofing, that was left on this property when we purchased it, cut it to the right size , placed the metal white side out, and screwed it to the inside of the pallets.

Next we took the truck and the family into the woods to pick up old pieces of wood and sticks to place in the bottom . We also gathered bags of leaves and piled on top of that. Then we made use of all the chicken, goat,and rabbit compost we had accumulated.

The raised beds we’re almost full at that point and all that was left to add was fresh soil to the top . Unfortunately we had to buy that at the store for about $1.70 a bag.

Now we planted and we actually had quite alot to grow with a little help of diatameous earth (food grade) to keep the bugs away.

If you live in a area that doesn’t seem ideal to grow directly in the ground maybe raised beds could be the answer and with a little hard work maybe we can multiply together!

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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