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All Things Garden,  Our Homestead,  Wildlife

Homestead Update: Full Property & Garden Tour (Video)

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.

Most of the outdoor potted plants loaded up in a moving truck. Despite my cheery smile (it was still early, lol) this was a long, laborious and exhausting day! Thank goodness for hand trucks.
A blue glow agave showing off in the evening sun. I spy with my little eye a bird bath and hummingbird feeder too!
Aaron in one of his favorite spots, hanging out in the orchard with the barn cats and quail nearby. They all get along fabulously – thank goodness!
I haven’t gotten close enough for a nice clear photo yet, but these California Quail have quickly stolen our hearts. There is a covey (group) of about 14 quail that hang out in our orchard, picking at fruit and insects and dust bathing below the trees.
CA Quail photo courtesy of All About Birds. Now do you see why we’re obsessed?! They’re so stinkin’ cute!

  • 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.

One of the mulch piles generated from the tree work that we spread throughout the garden and orchard.
Ah, nothing like a fresh mulch job.
We’ve been harvesting tons of squash already, and the bush beans shouldn’t be long behind. Aaron is standing in the future raised garden bed area. Check out the video below to see more!

  • 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! 

Our two new fig babies, with the largest existing fruit tree (apricot) behind Aaron
Harvest time!
I’m not a huge raisin fan, but these homemade raisins are an exception! They’re SO sweet, chewy and slightly tart (in the best way possible). Our small grapes only took about 24 hours to dry in our favorite Excalibur dehydrator.

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:


  • Christine

    That was so darn fun! Thanks for sharing. I cannot wait until your next video/project! I sure don’t know HOW on earth you have time to do all this crazy neat stuff! Keep up the fantastic work! I’ve learned so much from you guys since tuning in to H&C!

  • Oriana

    Hi! Great post. Can’t wait to see how the new place unfolds. Here’s my question: I’m in the central coast area and have been looking for a weeping mulberry but no one around me seems to carry them. What nursery did you get yours from?

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Oriana, we get ours at Cherry Lane Nursery, depending on where you live on the Central Coast, you can reach out to your local nursery and see if they can order you one from one of their vendors. Good luck on your weeping mulberry hunt!

  • Ginger

    WOW! I have property envy! My husband and I just watched the video together and so want more space! You two have inspired us since we started following you! Question…what do you have under your grow bags? It looks like some sort of pan? We started using grow bags this past season and they all dry out too fast. Granted, Seattle has been unseasonably HOT this past year, but the grow bags have not performed the way we had hoped.

    Regarding the area under the Oaks that you’re not doing anything with…farm to table dinners? I can totally image a long table there! Also, if you build a small unit in that general direction, too that can be rented out ala AirBnB – we are in! I’d love to come down and spend a few days helping in the garden and learning from you!

    Thank you so much for all the amazing content. I can’t even begin to list the numerous ways we have put to use your insight!

    Ginger & Greg

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Ginger, thank you for the kind words and we are happy that you have found inspiration in our content! Underneath the grow bags are saucers that can hold a 25 gallon fabric bag, it may help your grow bags stay more moist if you were able to use saucers underneath that can catch any water runoff that will reabsorb into the soil. You most likely need to water your plants more often using fabric bags as opposed to plastic, they do work really well, the soil moisture just needs to be monitored more closely, especially in hot weather. Thanks for the ideas in our more open areas and we will keep you updated on what we decide to do, although we are a few years away from anything too permanent. Thanks for following along and we appreciate your support!

  • Jenni

    What an adventure! I love the trip room and all the varied spaces of your property. I was wondering which way is south and whether the trip room window faces south – if not maybe skylights in its future? We built a potting shed/grow room on the back end of our carport that faces south, but with our moody skies, I’ll probably have to add some grow lights too at some point. I’m curious about your recommendations.

    Also wondered about water. I’m a few hours north of you on the southern Oregon coast so have many of the same issues, I think. We get a lot of fog, but my garden seems to love it. We have rain barrels, and I think on your previous place you had a giant tank or two if I’m remembering right, but we’re thinking of expanding our water catchment. There has to be a way to take advantage of the fog, right? Also noticed you had a couple of doulas in one of your grow bags. Where do you find those?

    Such an exciting time for you. I wish you all the best with your new property.

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Jenni, our “trip” shed window faces a north-westerly direction, it also has oak trees growing up and around the shed so it doesn’t get that much sunlight. If you are starting seeds in a carport that has a roof, you will need to use grow lights for your seedlings. We just added a LED seed starting rack to the room yesterday. Check out Using Grow Lights for Seedlings or Indoor Plants for a little more information on what you should be looking for. I don’t know how you can capture the fog aside from your garden enjoying the dew. Our ollas are from a company called GrowOya who we have worked with in the past. Hope that helps and thank you for the support.

  • Becca

    This was so great to watch and super inspiring! I just moved to 2 acres in Oregon and there are so many projects we want to do. I look forward to watching your progress.

  • Suna

    How exciting! Your property is fantastic! Love how much flat land you have and hearing all your project ideas. Will be curious to hear how you navigate water since that’s a major consideration in your area (I am about an hour or so south of you, I think).

  • Val

    Thanks for great videos you must be so excited in your new place to start your new gardens,just wondering how you dry the grapes can they be red or green type and did you cut them in half and do you keep in frige one each you’ve dried them
    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat)

      Hi Val, we use a food dehydrator and you can dry any type of grape. We didn’t cut ours in half because they are mostly on the small size, if you have larger grapes like you would typically find in the grocery store, cutting them in half will make them dry more thoroughly and quickly. We have our dried grapes stored in our pantry at room temperature but they can be stored in the fridge as well. We will typically keep our “sun” dried tomatoes in the refrigerator for best storage. As California grape season comes to an end over the next few months, drying grapes is a great way to enjoy them come winter. Good luck!

  • Colleen Mistretta

    Amazing…Awesome…I’m super excited for y’all…and a little low key jealous…Your vision is great and I can’t wait for us to begin our journey as well…Thanks for sharing your adventure and life with us , as well as all your helpful tips and tricks of the trade…..and good luck with your new property…You’re very blessed indeded! xo

  • Maria

    Wow, you must be so excited that property is fabulous! Can’t wait to follow along as you make it your own. And you even have quail!

    Quick question, do you have a source for those large 4′ ish wide growbag beds? I’m looking to replace mine and I’ve had trouble finding the tan ones. Mine lasted a good 10 yrs, and they’d last longer, but they are in my front yard and starting to look worn.

    • DeannaCat

      Hi Maria! Aaron found those online through Grassroots brand, their 100 gallon “soil saver” option I think. They’re new to us so I can’t speak to their longevity, but they were really affordable. Hope that helps, and thanks for tuning in!

      • Maria

        Thanks, these are perfect!

        I’m filling them with pesticide free native pollinator and host plants. I hope to build a monarch enclosure, per your guide, in time for spring. I can’t wait to see what you’re planning for this property regarding monarchs as I’m also in California zone 9b.

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