Wonderful Before and After Homestead Transformation Photographs
If you have ever found a property and thought that there was no hope or if you feel your current property has no hope, these photographs of our homestead transformation before and after may change your mind completely.
The problem with moving away is that you take “you” with you. – Sulae
We thought we would find happiness in Tennessee when we left Idaho back in 2013. Sure, we had good reasons to move; our family had sorta descended upon Middle Tennessee, and we thought we could have that “Mayberry”-feel in Murfreesboro. Though it was wonderful living near family, we didn’t get to see them much for one reason or another.
We are back in Idaho now, and when we moved back two years ago, we didn’t waste much time in locating a new homestead. We found one almost right away. It was not the “forever” homestead we had wanted, and we knew that when we bought it, but it has been a great “bookmark” in our lives. This easy-to-afford home was perfect as we looked at the direction life would take us.
We’ve worked hard, and that hard work has paid off in a huge way. I am now a school nurse for the local school district. Coming from the hospital and hospice, this was a BIG change in my career direction. In order to “afford” to be a school nurse, I am working a second job to “earn” my way into this income bracket. And, likely, I will keep doing my second job for some time to come.
So, after all the trials that life has put us through and the lessons we have learned, after a successful garden and (sort of) a break this summer, we have decided to go ahead and purchase what we hope to be our FOREVER HOMESTEAD! But, before we dive into the new homestead, I wanted to take a moment and share with ya’ll all the changes we have made to a property that was once a blank slate. My hope is that once you’ve seen what we have done to this spot, you will be determined to follow us on our next journey with a new homestead and in creating a self-sufficient, food-producing, heart-warming landscape that will inspire you to take what you have or find something you’re dreaming about and do it yourself.
What have we created on our little homestead?
If you think 0.63 acres is too small to be a homestead, you may should try working it first and see. Truth be known, even though I have dropped many drops of sweat on this ground, I wanted more. The new homestead will be 1.1 acres. Just enough to keep me very well-engaged. There’ll be room for chickens, a goat or two, and plenty of growing room. Here are a few photographs of our soon-to-be-former homestead — as it was when we found it and how it looks as we are leaving it.
The image of the homestead transformation on the left was taken 2 years before the image on the right. It’s one of my favorite views that shows the greatest change. There’s no special design pattern that I followed. I simply began to work the land and made the pathways where I walked and the beds where I didn’t.
To me, bare ground is the easiest to work with. Weeds are easy to pull up and toss away; established landscaping is emotionally more difficult to remove…for me anyway.
Time and effort were the biggest investments that we put into our homestead. Considering the cost in dollars, we may have invested less than $1000 over the past two years. Much of this investment was in the form of tomato cages, watering supplies and the like.
Fences and gates may not produce food but they sure do add to the visual enjoyment of the homestead. It’s the “Wow!” factor that I like to call it. Folks come over and they say, “Wow!”
This is the same view with a world of difference. There was an old fence with a broken gate that split the homestead in half. We could not get the posts out of the ground without leaving the concrete block that was holding each post. So, we turned a problem into a solution and used the fence posts to make a support for our grapes.
We planted out grapes just a bit over a year ago and they have done much better than I thought they would.
There is so much more I’d like to share. We have created a video that will show much more of the transformation. I hope you enjoy it.
What’s next. Believe it or not but we have sold this homestead. It’s under contract and we’ll close on it by the end of the month. We are sad but happy at the same time. Very soon we will be introducing the NEW homestead and we hope it will become our forever homestead. Working this homestead has taught me so much and I am a better homesteader because of it.
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