I really like adding little places to sit and hangout on my wild homestead. These places are areas where I can sit and observe the natural abundance around me, places for my family and friends to gather, and places where I just sit peacefully and read a good book or meditate.
When I’m designing my growing areas I always try to make them areas where people are welcomed. This means adding in nature trails and outdoor sit spots. The trails bring people to these areas and the sit spots encourage them to stay and hangout for a while.
What is An Outdoor Sit Spot
An outdoor sit spot can be anything ranging from a formal bench to a nice large rock or log. It really just needs to be something that is relatively comfortable to sit on.
I like to use natural materials when I can so my sitting areas blend in with the surrounding plants. But sometimes a bench can be a nice addition. Luckily, you can make benches from logs and even rocks to make them more natural looking.
Most of my growing areas have old logs around the edges of them. These logs provide habitat and create small micro-climates. But they can also work as outdoor sit spots if they’re big enough.
Sometimes I will just add some large wood rounds with their flat end up between 2 logs on the borders of the growing areas. This way it looks like it just a continuation of the border but it also becomes a nice place to sit.
I also look for little nooks that I can add a single wood round or rock that someone could sit on. These nooks are great spots for getting away for a bit and meditating or reading a book.
Make Your Wild Homestead a Welcoming Place
Sometimes when building our wild homesteads it can be easy to focus on the production side of things. You want to maximize growing space and get a harvest.
But a wild homestead should also be a place for people to just simply live.
This week’s blog post is all about this and I hope it will inspire you to add outdoor sit spots to your wild homestead and if you already have some to continue adding more.
Before you go please leave a comment talking about your favorite place on your wild homestead to sit and hangout. Also, feel free to share a picture if you have one!
I dunno, it seems a bit weird to have multiple designated spots to me... I tend to just carry a shovel and some TP if I figure on taking...
Oh. SIT spots. Gotcha.
Oddly enough I played around with the first such spot on my place today, on my way past with the excavator I balanced a couple rocks to make a table, with a couple more for chairs. A bit fiddly as my rocks are not the most robust; I blew one up with excessive pressure, after dropping it a couple times previously. But, this gave me some nice stone wedges to stablize the table!
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins
At my new place, which we're still renovating, there's an adorable little flower and grape garden in the space surrounded by the path that leads from the door to the downstairs (which is essentially a shed) and the steps to the upstairs, which is the living quarters.
You can actually see the steps in this one...
I think it was used as shady place to sit and look at the flowers and pick table grapes and admire the view. But even it wasn't that's what I'm going to be using it for...