Planning a Future Homestead.

Just a short post with a photo of the property.  First photo is untouched to give an idea of what it looks like.    Second photo shows some things we are planning to set up,  and a few things we’ve already got done.

From the photo  the Orchard , Greenhouse,  Garden plots ,  and Grape trellises are already set up.   The House, Herb beds, Future garden spot and rotational barn lots are under future projects.  

    Let us know what you think, in the comments.  Is there anything you’d like to know more about? Thank you for stopping by!

Where we are so far.

We are two and a half years into our little adventure. We do plan on going into each project in more detail but here is a general overview of what we have accomplished so far.

The 4 acres had been for sale for over one year when we bought it. Not sure how long since it had been lived on before that. Nature was taking it back, as you would expect.

Looking at the place from the road, the right side of the property was some overgrown fence rows that we cleaned back. There were also a few fallen trees to get rid of.

Before – Overgrown fence row with some random junk
After- Cleaned up to the property line.

On the back left side from the road was just overgrown , could probably have been cut for hay. You can’t really tell but in the after photo there are young fruit trees planted on a portion of it. The start of our orchard!

Before – Not exactly a field of dreams.

Cleaning back towards that building little by little.

At the back middle of the property there was a hidden decorative pond. We’ve used parts of it, like some of the rock wall and the pea gravel for a “French drain around the green house. Not exactly sure what we will do with the rest of it but for now it is part of the dog pen.

Before- Very attractive snake habitat


After- The rock wall and gravel have come in handy for different projects

In the middle of the property there was a row of Forsythia bushes. From the porch they blocked the view down to the barn so we removed them. It turned out to be one of the hardest jobs we have done yet.

Before- There were five of these behemoths
In Progress- That truck load was only 2 out of the 5. Those things were massive.
After- Opened up the view. Gave room for a garlic bed and future herb garden.

The front middle of the property was overgrown pretty bad as well. Clearing this off gave us room for vegetable gardens and clear view of the barn.

Before – Overgrown field in front of barn.
After- The barn is just out of the picture to the right but you can see our little greenhouse!

That is just a quick overview of the property. In upcoming blogs we will go into more detail on things like the barn, orchard, gardens, and greenhouse, as well as future projects and improvements we have planned.

Welcome!

Welcome to Green Journal Homestead! Starting this blogging journey roughly 2 years after purchasing four acres in Southern Middle Tennessee. The idea started with hearing about making the world a better place. We are taking that challenge literally with our newly acquired piece of run- down former farm. Years of neglect meant it came equipped with all the briars a person could ask for.

It has been an adventure so far and I am betting it will continue to be. We are looking for a place to keep up with our changes and improvements. We want to share our successes as well as our failures in the hopes that it will help someone else on their own adventures!

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Thoreau