Being curious opens up so many doors that you never knew were there but once you’ve opened the initial one that starts it all… My door was gardening. Gardening lead to: How can I make our homestead sustainable (We haven’t completely got there yet but it’s a goal and we do the best of our ability with what time we have available) and within that thought… Money.

Everything takes money to start almost any project. I would research all these plants that I wanted to buy that would help with the ‘Stead being sustainable but after a while things really start to add up. So then I wondered… What grows here in my state, in my area? What can I just attain by going out in the woods. I mean, I grew up here in Missouri so I have a good idea about foraging though I never really called it that at the time. I’ve hunted mushrooms since I little which was a start.

If you’re willing to research, willing to learn… The results are endless. Our minds are constantly expanding with knowledge if you just look for it. It’s the same way with spiritual growth/learning. You think you know a bit from the Bible but once you start really digging in more… You realize you only skimmed the surface before. (As always, if you need to know more in that area is a great resource)

Now I’m at this point where I just want to learn as much as I can about plants and their uses. Once I do, I try and see if it grows here in Missouri and try and see if I can harvest it or how I can get my hands on it. I guess I’m just trying to say… The sky is the limit? I didn’t know anything a few years ago but I was CURIOUS and I was willing to research, willing to learn.

I just thought I’d throw these few thoughts out in case people are wondering where to start?? Hope this helps someone! Any thoughts? Feel free to comment with your own story!

5 thoughts on “Curiosity

  1. When people look at our garden these days I get a lot of “whoa I could never do that”, and I often have to tell them about how less than 10 years ago I started out by trying to grow my first tomato from one of those godawful “Topsy Turvy” plants on the front porch (like an “as seen on TV” ad, yikes! Failed miserably hahaha). Then I progressed to a few pots in our driveway, the only sunny spot at the time while I still had “weed trees” (ailanthus) in my back yard, then after those trees were gone, followed my mom’s lead and used cinderblocks to make raised beds. This all while single and working full time 🙂 I’ve killed a lot of plants and harvested a lot too – and with the ups and downs of climate change even have occasionally gotten to see things grow here in Oregon that I never thought would (okra, go figure!) in certain years, and learned so much from blogs, neighbors, garden nurseries, and more. I did a bit of an evolution blog post here showing how my garden has evolved (minus the pathetic topsy-turvy tomato planter) if you’re curious –


    • Trial and error is definitely the key to gardening. This year I have 60 tomato plants, the most I’ve had so far! My goal is to can enough to last the year. Whether something happens and they don’t grow well one year or I just do horrible gardening… I haven’t met that goal yet. Hoping to this year!!!! Thanks for sharing your story! Someday I hope to go to Oregon just not in the funds right now. We have relatives in Azalea.


      • that’s awesome – the most I’ve had is around 24 and it still was not enough for a year’s supply of marinara, canned tomatoes, ketchup, etc.! My biggest battle each year is fending off blossom end rot with the San Marzanos that I use for marinara – our drip system we put in last year helps, but it still always seems to get about 1/4 of the crop 😦


      • Well, I had to get rid of a rooster that was jumping over the fence eating the tomatoes. Now it’s the stupid horn worms. Have to go out daily and try and find them before the do their damage. And Blossum end rot is usually my problem as well. This year it hasn’t happened so far. Peppers aren’t doing great, any suggestions?


      • Our peppers have had one hell of a time this year but my husband made up some compost tea and has been putting that on once a week and it has lifted the spirits of about 75% of them. I read that if you get too much rain right after planting them that the roots can rot and all their energy goes under the surface which is why nothing happens above ground. Ugh! That being said our tomatillos are doing awesome 🙂


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