I am officially back from the dead in the blog world! I haven’t posted in two weeks, although I have been working on a few blog posts ( if that’s an excuse ). Today I am going to show you the big picture, aka our ” 5 Acre Land Layout “. But before I do,
What’s been happening around The Inspired Prairie?
Well, currently our house is infested with ladybugs. When I say infested, I mean we see about 10 a day , but still! We can’t figure out how they are coming in, but we do know that they are hibernating in our attic space. They seem to be everywhere right now; mostly upstairs in the hallway, and some in the kitchen.
Here’s a little ladybug info without getting all National Geographic on ya, but lady bugs DO indeed bite! And they DO indeed fly. Which is another reason we need to get rid of these boogers because I am terrified of anything that flies, crawls and buzzes ( which includes butterflies and ladybugs). I can’t even explain it, but there is something so creepy to me about things that fly, that are small and can get lost in your shirt or fly on your neck. AH! You guys, I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. Can someone please explain to me how I am supposed to do this whole gardening thing??
Can I let you in on a little secret…
I have fears about gardening.
No, I don’t have fears about ginormous pumpkins taking over the world, but I do fear the bugs. I fear the bees that are beneficial and needed in a garden for it to flourish. I fear the earwigs that will be crawling around my grapes. I fear the spiders and everything else that can drop on my head or my neck from the fruit trees! I am still trying to convince Mr. Hubs that I need a space suit to garden in. It is definitely a necessity, right?!
I am that person that screams like I am getting murdered when a bug is near me ( mostly spiders and bees ). Mr. Hubs doesn’t always appreciate that, especially in the middle of the night when I hear buzzing and I happen to awake him out of a dead sleep by my terrified scream. Yeah.. we won’t talk about that time….
…..or let’s just say I had to keep screaming after he jumped out of bed and grabbed the gun because he thought someone was breaking in. Which, then I had to embarrassingly say..
” Um.. I just heard a buzzing…by the window… “.
( Inserts tail between legs )
Anyways, back to the point of this post. This post might only be for me, to keep some sort of organization to this brain of mine, or for those of you who are interested. And just so that I make myself clear; this is by far, the big extensive plan, NOT necessarily what we will all carry out within this next year.
The Land Plan
I have always thought that 5 acres was a lot, but after plotting our places for everything, I am realizing we could have gotten away with 10 acres haha.
Ah, so where do I begin? Let’s start with the front….
This is where we will have guests park if our driveway is full. There is enough room here for two rows of about 8-10 cars per row. So yes, if you come over to my house for a BBQ, be ready for a dirty and dusty car. This is country livin’ yo, or should I say ” yall “? Now all I have to do is keep Mr. Hubs from wanting to park project cars here. Thanks, but no thanks, this is not a trailer park my dear.
The Orchards #1 and #2
These two orchards are near the ” Guest Parking ” area. It’s a nice flat spot, with some arborvitae trees that we will be removing. As for the orchard, we plan on planting apples, pears, peaches, grapes, berries, cherries, nectarines, plums and apricots.
Over here is where we will plant another set of fruit trees down along side the access road to the right of our property. We are going to move the fence over about 15 feet and plant the trees near the fence.
We have a few different areas we are planning to put rain barrels and here are two of the spots. The other spots will be near the barn and one more barrel on the right side of the house. The plan is to put the rain barrels in the areas that our gutters put out massive water.
Even though we have many homesteading plans for our land, we still want to leave a huge area open for entertaining and playing. We have designated two spaces for this. One is behind Orchards #1 and 2 and the other is on the right side of the house where we have no plans to do anything. If you can see behind the yellow tree, there is a house there. That is actually an abandoned house that was just sold a few months ago as a ” recreational property “. We have seen someone there a few times, but nothing else. Technically the house is non livable and in a flood zone, so I don’t think we will be expecting new ” live in ” neighbors. Phew! But just to be safe, that is where Orchard #3 is going and the fruit trees will create a nice privacy hedge/screen. Also, by the barn is where I will put our herb and flower garden.
This will be a fun project! The plan is to create a second level deck from off of the current one. We will build a staircase down to a second level deck that will surround a pool in the middle of it. We will level out the area with more dirt and then build a retaining wall of some sort by the second deck.
Raised Garden Bed Area
Over here we will build a fenced, raised garden bed area. The reason we need to fence it in is because we have wild animals we don’t want eating our veggies!
We are going to place the cows way in the back of the property with cross fencing, so there will be two separate pasture areas for them. In front of the cows, we will have our meat chicken and turkey fenced area and the meat pig area. Can ya smell the bacon already??
This is where our layers are going. I will get more in-depth on why I won’t let them completely free range 24/7 in another post, for some other time. But, they will have a huge area that is fenced in and safe from predators. It will also be cross fenced so they will always have access to fresh pasture. I plan on planting red clover for them as well as their very own chicken garden which will be attached to their fenced area, but blocked off for when I do not want them to have access to it just yet. And finally, I will plant some rose bushes, nasturtium, marigolds and some herbs along their fencing. I have another little business in the making once my herbs and flowers are in full abundance. I’ll keep you posted on that! 🙂
So that is the big, extensive plan for our land! It’s going to be a lot of work but we are excited.
What’s up next?
- My brother-in-law flies in on Saturday and we will begin our big kitchen remodel on Monday. Stay tuned for those posts. I just know that my sanity is about to get tested with this kitchen remodel. Doing dishes in my bathroom sink does not sound appealing, nor does using my electric skillet to cook in my dining room, NOR does having all the stuff from inside our cabinets sprawled around the house. On a happy note, I am super stoked for a BRAND NEW KITCHEN and master bathroom, and anything else he is going to help us out within the week he is here!
- Once my brother-in-law leaves, we will be building our raised garden beds and start that fun process of building the fence around them. We just ordered our seeds and I can’t wait to share with you what we have on the ” Garden Menu “.