Welcome to the second post in the series “Getting Started Homesteading”. Last week we talked about starting where you are. This week is all about homesteading tools.
You are probably thinking about shovels, hammers, and the like right? Well, homesteading tools are so much much more than that. Those tools are important, but there are many other tools you need. Let’s take a look at them in this post.
Getting Started Homesteading: Homesteading Tools
Why We Need Homesteading Tools:
Homesteading is hard work. Anytime there is work involved there are always tools needed. Tools make the work easier, faster, or more efficient. Homesteading is the same way.
Most people think about tools and they assume we are always meaning things like shovels, hammers, screwdrivers, and the likes. However, with homesteading, we can split up the tools by the area in which we will be using them. And some of the tools we will talk about are probably tools you didn’t think of as tools at all.
Homesteading Tools For The Garden
Garden tools include many options. Listed below is a short list of the most common gardening tools. Keep in mind, some of these may pertain to your situation and some may not. It’s okay if you don’t possess all of these tools. You can always save and purchase them one at a time as the need for them arises.
Keep in mind, you may not need any of these, or you may need them all. Each homestead situation is different. Some homesteads require more or bigger tools, like equipment. This is true for homesteaders who own large properties.
Some homesteads only require small hand tools because the only gardening they do is in pots on the balcony of their apartment. Or maybe they don’t grow their own food and therefore don’t need the majority of the tools listed.
Common Gardening Tools:
Homesteading Tools for the Kitchen
Tools for the kitchen can include appliances, both small and large, utensils, and any items that assist you in the day to day kitchen duties. Some tools are necessary like pots and pans. Some are not, for example, a dehydrator. Just as with gardening tools, these tools vary according to what you intend on doing.
If you will be canning food, mason jars, a water bath canner, and/or a pressure canner may be needed. Maybe you do a lot of frying, a deep fryer may be needed. If you make smoothies, a blender or food processor might be what you use.
As you can see, yet again, the tools depend on what tasks you will be performing in the kitchen. The good news…you probably have most of these.
Some Common Kitchen Tools Include;
- a mixer
- food processor
- deep fryer
- cookie sheets/baking pans
- measuring cups and spoons
- various utensils
- hot mitts
Homesteading Tools For The Home
Tools for the home may be a little less thought of on your part. However, these tools will be used again and again on your homesteading journey.
Of course, there are common tools like vacuums, dusters, brooms, and mops. However, there are other tools you may not have thought of.
These tools include things like a planner. Yes, you NEED a planner of some sort if you want to stay organized. This can be a wall calendar, a paper planner, or a digital planner. Many people use Google Calendar to plan their activities. I prefer a good old-fashioned paper planner. A planner allows you to track your tasks, plan a garden and so much more.
Other Tools For The Home Include;
- a coupon organizer
- checkbook or savings book
- a budgeting system
- chore list (for children or husband lol)
- a homestead binder
- small tool kit for repairs
Do you see how some of these homesteading tools may not have been things you thought of? I will describe their uses and why you need them in an upcoming post. For now, just keep them in mind.
Homesteading Tools For Your Animals
Will you be raising animals on your homestead? Maybe chickens, cows, goats, or rabbits? Well if you are going to have any animals, you need tools.
Again like all other areas of homesteading, the tools will vary based on the animals you choose to raise. For example, having horses in a barn will require the tools to clean stalls. It also includes tools for taking care of the horses themselves.
Having animals whose hooves need to be trimmed will require the tools to do so. Different animals require different needs. You will need to research the animals you choose to see what each requires.
Common Tools For Animals Include:
- Bins to store feed
- Hose to provide water
- Common medicines (flea or worming meds)
- Basic first aid kit
Remember, these are basics and you may require more for the animals you choose.
A Final Note…
This post has provided you with some basic homesteading tools you may need when you begin your homesteading journey. These are just basics, remember. These also may change according to what you choose to do on your homestead. Look at what you have already. You may be surprised at the number of homesteading tools you already possess.
Here are some resources that are helpful for starting your homesteading journey.
Helpful Websites :
- The Total Guide To Start A Homestead by Natural Living Ideas.
- Homesteading 101: Getting Started by Mother Earth News
- 5 Tips For Starting Your Homestead by The Elliott Homestead
- Helpful Homesteading Books for the First Time Homesteader by 15 Acre Homestead
Posts About getting starting, money, and tools:
Please feel free to email me at Annie@15acrehomestead.com or simply go to my contact page and message me there.
I have also started chatting with new homesteaders on Facebook Messenger and I am available Mondays thru Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM and again from 6 pm until 7:30 pm. I am also available on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Feel free to hop on and message me with your questions or comments.
Have you started on your homesteading journey yet? What are you waiting for?
Do you have other tools that may be added to our lists above? Please feel free to post your links and other helpful advice in the comment box below!