I like grass. I know alot of people dont, especially people like me who want to become fairly self sufficent.
The tagline #growfoodnotlawn seems to be pretty popular at the moment.
I have kids and kids love playing on grass. They like helping in the garden too, but its not going to hurt to have a bit of a play area for kids and a bit of relaxation area for us either.
So we are growing food AND lawn. Everything a bit at a time and everything slowly 😂
Of course we have 8 acres to grow on and not everyone has that, but even if you do only have a small area it doesnt hurt to have a small lawn area i dont think. Especially if you have kids.
Im looking forward to looking back at the pictures of our place now, with our patchy seed lawn and barely there vegie garden. The tiny fruit trees and the 5 chooks we have. In the future id like to think we have an orchard of huge trees, a forest of a vegie patch with enough food to share around. Id love more chooks and maybe a couple of sheep and i want a nice patch of green lawn around the house.
Some things I think you need on your property and things I aim to get myself are
So valuable. They are a source of eggs, they eat your food scraps and convert them into fertiliser full of nitrogen! They turn the soil (whether you want them to or not 🤔) and They can become meat (even though mr j is a butcher this wont happen here… not at this stage)
Something i havent done yet. I tried to start a compost but the chooks kept getting in and scratching through.
I think a worm farm is the way to go for us. Worm juice is amazing for the plants and the soil inside is great also (and full of worms) i also find that the kids really find it exciting, even little ones like ours.
Why buy your own fruits and nuts if you dont need too?! With the price of them at tfhe moment your crazy not to grow your own. Not to mention the fact that you can make jams, chutney, dried fruit and preserve them. Its a good way to set your self up a bit!
Just like fruits and nuts, why buy if you dont need too? If you have the room you should definitely grow your own food. Its better for you in so many ways. You know whats in it, how it was grown, theres no travel miles on the food, your scraps go back to your chooks and worms and your getting the physical exercise of gardening!
Beyond chooks, it doesnt hurt to have your own meat. When we were on a larger property we had a few cattle. They supply good fertiliser and lots of meat, but they require better fencing, more feed and they are a pain to home butcher with minimal tools.
With this property we will likely go for sheep. A shedding breed like a dorper. They have alot of meat, we can butcher then easily at home, and dont require as much feed as cattle. They are also worth a few $$ and breed really well with regular multiple births, so if we breed we can sell a few each season to cover the cost of hay.
We have had goats in the past but i dont this we will do that again. Theyre a pain in the neck 😂😂😂
Ooooh how i wish for a tractor (not as much as mr j) it would make life so much easier. But we need a bit more money first.
- A water tank (or several)
Another thing i wish i had the money for right now! Water from the sky?! For free?! Perfect!
Not to mention the quality 👌👌
Again, I like having grass. I also like having a bit of a garden, succulents, flower and the likes. Theyre good to look at nd help with your mental healthy. Theyre fun to plant and i feel like lawn cools the area around your house down. You just need to make sure you get hardy drought resistant types so you arent wasting water.
These are the things im aiming to get and build on within the next 12 months.
Over the years there is so much more to expand on these. More Sheds, solar panels, grey water system etc etc. But right now im focusing on a few things at once.
What are you doing to get your property up and running? Where are you in regards to me? And pointers? (I could use them 😂)