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A Little Backyard Homestead Project

Discussion in 'DIY - Do-It-Yourself Projects, Construction, Etc.' started by sumi, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. Mar 5, 2018
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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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!
     
  3. Mar 29, 2018
    sumi

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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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    :) Happy you found the shed!

    :( I can't see the pictures...
     
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    sumi

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    I can see the pictures! Now I understand why you couldn't see the shed, lol!!
     
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  7. Mar 29, 2018
    Miss Lydia

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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
     
  8. Mar 29, 2018
    sumi

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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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    milkmansdaughter

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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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    sumi

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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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