Putting My Best Boot Forward- Making Progress Towards Self Sufficiency

You may have seen my post introducing #BestBootForward last week. I spoke about taking our first few baby steps towards living a more self sufficient lifestyle and why we want to take on the challenge. You can read my first entry for #BestBootForward here.

Today, I am answering questions from the lovely Chloe at Indigo Wilderness.


  1. What has your first step been and how did you find making it? Our first step was to clear the garden ready to start digging our deep vegetable beds. There were some old plants from last year that I hadn’t already cleared. In my defence I was heavily pregnant for the summer, and I found gardening very hard by the end. I couldn’t do much, so lots was left. We have spent the last 2 weekends tidying up the garden, and made a start on digging the ground. So far so good and the kids even helped pull weeds! The hard bit has been dealing with all of the plastic and rubbish that we have been digging up. Even a few feet down, crisp packets (BBE 2001) are still laying their in all of their disgusting glory. It really makes me hate plastic and the affects that plastic has on our earth.
  2. When can you make time to take another step forward and what will this be? I like to spend my evenings crafting. Either working on my latest crochet project or building miniature houses. Last night I put down my crochet hook and started making plans for the garden. We created a floor plan (to scale) and planned where the new vegetable beds and paths will go. Tonight, I will work on planning what vegetables to plant, where and when. Next weekend, we continue digging!
  3. Where is your favourite place to spend time outdoors? In my garden obviously! I like it when I can spend more hours outside planning and working on our garden. It’s nice when the kids help too. They are our future, and I would love for my kids to grow up appreciating and understanding all of the hard work that goes into growing your own food- rather than just expecting food to magically appear in a supermarket. My second favourite place is at my friends farm. We visit them every few weeks, and in the summer we enjoy BBQs and star gazing. Their back garden over looks the fields where I grew up in Newton Blossomville, so I love loosing myself for a few moments remembering an amazing childhood.

How are you getting on with your new years resolutions? Do you want toget outside more this year? Let me know in the comments!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Great to read, I’m so glad things are coming along nicely and you found the time to make your garden plans too. It all sounds very detailed and thorough, which makes for a very solid foundation to your plans. Brilliant! I think I might have guessed your garden was your favourite place and I am envious of your visits to your friends farm too. It sounds totally idyllic! Here’s hoping you have a great week and I look forward to reading more next week. #BestBootForward

  2. So thrilled you are sticking with #BestBootForward. Huge progress this week too – very impressive. I love hearing about children getting outdoors away from screen temptations and understanding where our food comes from. All very good stuff.
    Crafting is something I hardly ever do but want to get back to the joy of knitting, crochet and more – used to do these as a child with my Mum but would not actually know where to start now. Still Best Boot Forward tells me I can do this too and learn all over again. Hope to see you next week! Or this week now!!

  3. we’re having our garden landscaped and hoping it will be finished before summer as it will be too hot in Dubai to be outside, so i’m outdoors every minute i possible can be to make the most of it, hope the kids continue to enjoy helping out in the garden #bestbootforward

  4. You’re new garden sounds very exciting – I worked so hard on our garden last year, but all the weeds etc. have returned over the winter months. It will all start again in the spring 🙂

  5. Sounds like you have some really good plans to help you on your way. Enjoy the fruits of your work once they arrive 🙂

  6. Our garden is a total mud bath right now but we are going to right than in spring when will be starting our attempt to have a corner of self sufficiency again!

  7. I love the idea of being self sufficient, my fiance helped build a house that was entirely self sufficient, solar panels, water from a well, vegetable gardens and it’s been a dream of mine since then.

    Ami xxx

  8. We’ve paved over most of our garden as we don’t have much time to look after it. I would love to grow my own fruit and veg. I have a few small fruit bushes but these don’t seem to do very well.

  9. My resolutions are going well thank you. I love the idea of self sufficiency!

  10. I resolved to learn crochet and finish a project. I’m half way through making a poncho for my little girl so far!

  11. Glad to hear your resolutions have started well. Mine have stalled thanks to several bouts of family illness

  12. this is so exciting! I have grown up in the counrtyside, and I know how much work you need to put in to grow your own vegetables and fruits. Nothing tastes better, though! x

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