If you have a minute, those of you experienced home steaders... Could you answer the following question? The answer can be on any homesteading topic, gardening, housing, animals... anything. Help us newbies avoid the school of hard knocks (well at least the way you experienced it.) I'm sure we have knocks of our own coming. "When I was first starting out, the biggest mistake I made was..." Thanks for all of the coming sage advice on what NOT to do! Cindyc.