Ever wonder what it’s like to Homestead in Florida?? Well…let me tell ya 😉
Best and Worst things about Homesteading in Florida:
Climate: This is the biggest one, we don’t have harsh winters! Here in North FL it has snowed about three times in my ten years living here, and we have had a spigot crack from freezing temps – it can get into the teens where we live. So it can get uncomfortably and annoyingly cold here for about a month out of the year – BUT it’s nothing like the winters up north. It’s so much easier to homestead through the winter here with all that harsh weather.
Along those lines, we have “early” springs. We are the first to grow a lot of things, and the first to get flowers on our fruit trees. I get so many messages from people on my social media being jealous of the first signs of spring when they are in the dead of their winter still.
Growing Season: Depending on where you live in FL you can have pretty much year round gardening. Here in North Florida, if you have poly-tunnels or cold frames you can grow straight through the winter, and in July and August growing is limited in the heat but you can still grow okra and some melons. And last year in the shady part of my garden, I grew Swiss Chard straight through summer!
Why I chose to homestead here: Homesteading in FL wasn’t really a conscious choice. I was born here, and went to college here, and my husband had just started his career when we got married, so we stayed. So a few years later when we were ready to buy a house and we had become very interested in homesteading, we didn’t want to be too far from his work. And in my early 20s I never could imagine leaving FL. So, we stayed here because it’s where my husband had a job.
The worst things….
That being said – my husband is from Idaho, and in the last couple years, even I’ve become a bit weary of the very hot summers and short springs and fall. We both are craving a bit more seasons and are working on getting out of debt to move a bit farther north (maybe Georgia or Tennessee) and a bit more rural.
Which brings me to the next thing I don’t really like – prices of land. It’s more expensive to by rural property here in Florida than it is in other places. Which is a bummer, and definitely one of the factors in our desire to put roots down somewhere more affordable.
What about you? What do you love about homesteading in YOUR state? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear!