Well friends, we’ve been in our new homestead for about 6 weeks now, so I figured it was about time to finally give you a full tour of the property! Come along in the video below as we explore the 2.67 acre property, including the existing garden, orchard, chicken coop, outbuildings, and pastures. I share my musings for future plans, farm animals and garden spaces to come, meet our adopted barn kitties Badger and Bear, and chat about wildlife, trees, and other frequently asked questions about our new homestead.
If you missed the story of our move, including why we left our OG homestead and what we were looking for in a new place, get caught up here.
Homestead Projects & Progress
Before we go have a look around together, here is a quick recap of what we’ve tackled in our time here so far:
- We moved and incorporated our prized potted plants from the old homestead amongst the new landscape, including many mature agaves, aloe vera, cacti, jade, and other succulents. We also littered the garden with our favorite solar tiki torch lights, wind chimes, metal flower sculptures, chairs, rustic stump side tables, decorative branches, and other adornments we brought from the old place. These special touches really made the new garden start to feel like “home”.
- Added two hummingbird feeders, a bird bath, and a bee puddler bowl. The new property has abundant wildlife, but there wasn’t a dedicated source of water set up for them yet. Water is an essential and minimum requirement of being a Certified Wildlife Habitat, so I didn’t feel comfortable putting our wildlife habitat sign up until that was addressed. We’ll definitely be adding fountains, a bat box, owl box, and likely a small pond in the future too!
- For now, we set up our compost tumbler and worm bin in the side yard. We haven’t yet decided if we’ll re-work or relocate the existing 3-bay compost bin in the garden yet. It’s a tad undersized, but great to have in the meantime!
- Rehabbed and deep-cleaned the chicken coop. If you missed it, see a detailed account of that poop-tastic adventure here.
- A certified arborist came out to assess the health of our numerous large trees. Together we established a maintenance plan, talked about drought, disease, pests, and defensible space against wildfire. Then his team returned to do some much-needed pruning on our Coastal Live Oaks and Eucalyptus, and also removed a handful of dead pine trees. In the end, the property looked nicely rejuvenated and we were left with several large piles of wood chips to move and spread as mulch in the garden – which also desperately needed to be refreshed. A win-win… plus a great workout!
- We planted the existing raised beds with calendula, green beans, and zucchini right when we moved in. With limited space and time left for a summer garden, these were our choice quick producers! We also planted some very late season cannabis plants. Without much in the way of frost here, they should finish up and be ready for harvest in November.
- So far we’ve planted two fig trees (Excel and Corky’s Honey Delight) and brought home (but haven’t yet planted) a dwarf weeping mulberry and Lamb Hass avocado tree – some of my absolute favorites! Learn all about growing figs here, and avocado trees in this guide. We’re looking forward to adding even more fruit trees with time, but for now we’ve been enjoying the established apricot, white peach, and grape vines. The day after filming this homestead tour video, we harvested over 16 pounds of grapes! Some went into the freezer, and then we made homemade raisins for the first time too. Those raisins will be a delicious addition to sourdough bread this weekend.
- Since we don’t yet have a greenhouse at this property like we used to, the next project on the horizon is to turn one of the existing outbuildings into a new seed-starting “grow room”. After all, I always say that you don’t need a greenhouse to grow from seed! A few shelves in a room with grow lights will do just fine. Stay tuned for that reveal – it’s going to be a fun one!
Well, that’s it for “newsworthy” updates! Otherwise, we’ve just been busy busy busy trying to keep up with the business side of Homestead and Chill, create resources and goodies for you all, work on getting settled and unpacked inside (we’re almost there!), and continue to get a feel for the place to make plans for the future.
Without further ado, I hope you enjoy wandering the new property with me!
Badger says “thanks for tuning in friends!”
Mirroring Badger’s sentiments, Aaron and I also want to sincerely thank you for tuning in and following along on our homestead adventures! Your support and camaraderie means the world to us. We feel so grateful to be embarking this new chapter in our lives, and are excited to continue to share (and hopefully teach and inspire!) as we go. Finally, here is a list of resources or articles that I mentioned in the video:
- How to Build a Raised Garden Bed (this includes steps for gopher-proofing too)
- Growing Fig Trees: Varieties, Planting, Care & More
- How to Grow Avocado Trees
- How to Grow Cannabis Organically
- Composting 101: What, Why and How to Compost at Home
- How to Kill or Remove Grass (and Grow Food, Not Lawns!)
- How to Turn You Yard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat
- Pros and Cons of 8 Different Types of Mulch
- Hummingbird Feeders 101: DIY Nectar Recipe & Feeder Care