A Little Backyard Homestead Project

sumi

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I had my landlord over quick this morning, to have a look at my backyard drain, which is backing up again. He was delighted to see the new roses I bought :) I decided to be a bit cheeky and said to him I know you spent a lot of money on the house, but… I would love an arbor for the backyard, to put over the stone steps, so I can plant some rambling roses for it. But since I won't be taking it with me one day when I leave here… <hint hint> He thought about it for a few seconds and said "leave it with me" So, hopefully, I'll get to do that as well :) I think it would look amazing, but since this is not my property, I don't want to go overboard with spending on the garden. Plants and seeds I don't mind though. I'm really looking forward to warmer weather so I can get growing stuff back there now.
 

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That drain is a pain in the... anyway it's a pain! Can't wait to see your rambling roses climbing on an arbor!
 

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I found the back shed!!!! My landlord told me there is one, but I never could see the dang thing. It was so overgrown at the back and when I went right to the back for other reasons, I clearly wasn't paying enough attention :hide

In my defence, can you see it here?
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It has some sturdy walls! Two entrances, one on the side and one in front and it's a very good size. I'm not great at guessing area, but VERY roughly, I'd estimate it's about 8 or 9 feet by 10-14 feet. Probably a bit bigger, it's hard to say, it's full of tree. I need to remove that tree growing in the middle of it and clean it out and get a roof on it and it would be perfect for chickens :)

Side wall… There is an entrance hidden here
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Inside and you can just see the other entrance to the front
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The side entrance. It's about 3 feet high, but I think with cleaning we can gain height
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It will be a big project cleaning this out, but the biggest part would be removing that tree… This will make an awesome chicken coop!
 
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Me too sumi. I say you have your work cut out for you on this project.
Sounds like a great place for chickens :thumbsup
 

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It's going to be awesome for chickens! Once I cleared the tree, cleaned it up and put a roof on it. I still can't believe it took me 7 months to find it. Now that I know what I'm looking at, I can see it clear as day of course.
 

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Oh, how cool! Not having to worry about snakes there, that would be a project I would absolutely LOVE! My kids and I uncovered a really old graveyard once that looked kind of like your back yard. When we first saw it, there was JUST enough to let us know something was there...
 

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Now that is something I would love! Although perhaps not in my backyard! lol

I could see the walls of the shed, but though it was part of the back fence. It was only today when I went right to the back to check something that I turned and looked at it and spotted the opening on the side and investigated. Once I got the tree out it should be pretty straightforward from there. Hopefully!
 
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