#1. Raised gardening beds.
Among homesteading trends (chickens! bees! canning!), raised gardening beds seem to be gaining in popularity. And they shouldn’t, because they are stupid.
Unless you soil is poisonous, you should be gardening in the ground. There’s no reason to spend moolah on extra dirt and cedar wood planks and a weekend of time and labor, when you can inexpensively till up a section of yard, add soil amendment, and be done with it. IN ADDITION, you should really turn your soil annually (prior to planting) and add amendments as necessary. When your soil is locked up in a wooden box, that job is much harder. (Isn’t it? I’ll admit to judging with limited raised-bed experience).
Plus, they look like little coffins.
I simply loathe them.
Related to homesteading trends: John’s been talking about us becoming bee keepers, and chances by chances, we happened to meet a bee keeper at our local co-op (classic Urbana!) who invited us to visit her hive. I’m more excited than I thought I’d bee.