Hey, Ryan, major congrats ! I am wondering about your plans to till the planned garden.. . Have you heard much about no-til gardening ? I have barely begun it myself. having had to move twice in recent years, and didn't have the health to really aquire & spread a more ideal amount of mulch etc., but i still highly recommend it - definitely wayyy less weeding, and If you avoid even that 1st time plowing etc., youyll probably be better off "weed' -wise & compaction/soil structure-wise. I have learned a ton more on it just in past year, on YouTube mainly ( but most of these are authors too) from these HIGHLY successful & knowledgeable/experienced folks : Charles Dowding, Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture, James Prigioni, No-Till Growers w farmer Jesse, Singing Frogs Farm of CA.. and more. Richard Perkins doesn't even soil test, which was good news to my lazy way ( well, just not super technical way ) of doing things, though he does mess around with making his own "amendments" & uses them some, he & others also show that mainly, you just need to be "feeding soil, not plants" & you do that with compost topdressing &/or mulching, have photosynthesizing plants covering it as much & as for as long, as possible, & by not tilling. Hope everyone who hasn't yet, checks 'em out !
Ryan Hobbs wrote:We are buying the farm in Portsmouth Ohio for sure. I am effing ecstaticly elated. Gurtitude awaits!
Here are the attributes and plans:
It has a pond, 2 acres, both city and well water, a 3 bedroom house, two car garage with a storage loft, a small barn, comes with appliances including a new ifrared stove, has a fireplace, persimmon tree, pear trees, and a chestnut tree.
The first order of business is to till and ammend a starter garden of 3760 sq ft. The stock fence there is on 3 sides and needs completion. The back porch will be expanded and made into an outdoor kitchen; to include a 6 ft diameter double chamber cob oven. An herb garden in stone or brick raised beds will lay between the house and the street both providing herbs and protection from drunk drivers. A small apple orchard needs planting on one corner of the property. I rather like vibernum bushes so at some point the house will get a facelift via these perfumey shrubs. I have plans also for setting up wood working shop and for eventually raising chickens, goats, and pigs.
Mike Jay wrote:Dunn county is a pretty area. The missus and I traveled through there on our homestead search. Welcome back home
James Landreth wrote:I think this map is a great start, and you clearly put a lot of thought into it. You bring up some excellent points on other limiting factors. I have some thoughts:
I made a major oversight in my search for land. I wanted to be more remote, not less. But luckily my partner wanted to be closer to town and we compromised. Even so, we’re still pretty far out. It can get pretty lonely, and finding services (including farm-related services like tractorwork) can be hard sometimes, or expensive. It really is impossible to do everything yourself. I’m 23 and in decent shape in every way measurable, and even I can’t and don’t do everything on my farm. It can also be lonely. People are busy and get caught up in their own things.
We often dream of self sufficiency as homesteaders, but the reality is that it took a whole village to really do things and live comfortably back in the day. If I had time there are all sorts of things I would get into like mushroom cultivation and clothmaking. But my time is limited, so I don’t do those things. I focus on other things. It is true, back in the day people had a wide range of skills, but they often specialized in a few certain things and didn’t have in depth knowledge on specialized trades. The average person didn’t know about advanced herbalism or blacksmithing, for example. Pioneers did “make it” in small groups and families, but life was very, very hard and their hope was that that was only temporary, and that life would get easier as things got more “settled” and more people moved out.