Starting From Scratch


| 7/25/2016 12:15:00 PM


Tags: Homesteading, April Freeman, Tennessee,

April FreemanSo you want to homestead? That’s great!

But if you’ve never done anything like this before you probably have more questions than answers. We’ve been at this for years, and we’ve learned it all the hard way, by trial and error. When we bought our property there was nothing here at all. It was just an over-farmed tobacco field. No trees, no fences, no barns. Now 15 years later, we have a nice home, an orchard, gardens, and a few barns. We also have cattle, horses, chickens, and sheep.

Here are a few things we’ve learned about starting a homestead from scratch:

1. If you’re buying empty property, think carefully about the layout for where the house should stand, where the driveways are located, and where all the gardens and orchards will be planted. If you ever even think you’ll buy livestock, plan for plenty of space between your house, outbuildings, and other things to get a truck and trailer wherever you need it.

2. Before you add animals, you may want to plant your orchards. It takes a few years for the trees to bear, so do this in the first few years.

3. If you’re building from scratch, have the piping put in for a few yard hydrants. These will keep you from having to trail hoses all over the place to keep your orchard alive.

charlotteb
7/26/2016 9:18:01 AM

Great article! I already have 1, 2, and 4 on my list, 5-10 are pretty much common sense, but I did not think about additional piping for faucets for the gardens! Thanks!!





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