Homesteading is a skill that not many of us are born with. Once you start dreaming about having a sustainable place to live close to nature, there are plenty of things to do before you would achieve perfect harmony. From home improvements to farm animal accommodation and safety, you have to pay attention to the small details that make a huge difference. Below you will find a few tips on how to design your perfect homestead garden. Don’t forget to enter the free giveaway at the end!!
How To Design Your Perfect Homestead Garden
Herbs with Flowers
Instead of wasting valuable space in your small homestead garden for flowers, you might have an herb garden with flowering plants. Lavender and Mustard will grow almost anywhere and are great for using around the home. Once you have lavender, you can repel insects, and mustard seeds will be a great addition to your homemade pickles. Choose herbs that have wonderful scents and are useful around the house, as well.
You can create shade by your kitchen or living room if you plant an orchard. Make sure that you keep the fruit trees manageable in size. Cut them back every spring and winter, so you can reach the fruit and don’t have to use the ladder. Smaller varieties will be great for an orchard if you only have around 7 yards distance between the trees. The larger the fruit tree is the more root and ground space it will need. Choose cooking apples and pears for your preserves and your summer pies.
Hedges and Fruit Bushes
Instead of having hedging in your homestead garden, you can create a boundary or hedge. You can use gooseberry, raspberry, and blackcurrant bushes. The good news is that these bushes will grow in the direction you want them to, provided that you regularly trail and cut them. You can get the privacy of your garden back and have some fruit for jams to share with your family at the same time.
Turf and Lawn Maintenance
No matter how well organized and how versatile your homestead garden is, you will need some green space to relax on. Maintaining your lawn can be challenging if you are not used to tackling the moss and weeds. There are some great resistant lawn seed varieties that will make your job easier. Get in touch with a professional turf supplier who can give you advice on the various options.
Vegetable Garden Close to the Kitchen
Have a couple of plants of all the varieties you use in the kitchen by your house. This is where a kitchen garden comes into play. You will save a lot of time by being able to freshly pick most of the things you need for your home cooking. You can also have more of the same thing in your fields. Have a variety of cucumber for your salads and a couple of cabbages and lettuces, and have more on the field for freezing and preserving.
The Right Tools
In order to plant anything though, you need to have the right tools! Whether it be vegetables, herbs, or flowers, there will be certain tools to make the job easier. Below is a list of the most common gardening tools you may want to have on hand.
- weeding fork
- garden gloves
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