As has been mentioned in my intro thread and the "5 goals" thread, we've got a few projects planned for our current location.
Our home is on less than 1/4 acre in Conway, AR. We've been in a holding pattern for the last few years because we know that the college near us is buying up land on our block and we keep expecting them to approach us to buy. Our goal with selling this house is to get enough for it to pay off the existing mortgage and (hopefully) what remains of my student loans (groan) and outright buy the next property (thus eliminating all remaining debt.) Whether we can pull it off or not is yet to be seen, of course, but we're hopeful. We've been watching for land in the outskirts of Conway / out in Faulkner County that fit our wants (a few acres with a live-in-able structure big enough to house all of us.) We've got quite a few children (still in the single digits but more than five), so doing the "tiny house" thing is a no go. I was let go from my previous employment of nearly 10 years back in February, and hired by a company in Little Rock at the end of June this year. This has changed our target location to something closer to Little Rock. Currently I lose about two hours out of my day just driving between work and home during the week. The size of land/house constraints still exist. So far we've come up with "not much" which is why we haven't approached the college ourselves, yet. Since we know we're in their 8 to 10 year plan, but nothing has jumped out and screamed "ooh ooh, pick me, pick me" for a place to move to, we've decided enough is enough and we're going to put in stuff here while we're here purely as experimentation. Some of it will be playing with container gardening. Some of it will be playing with perennials that we can either take cuttings from, seeds from, or dig up and haul with us when we do finally move. Some of it will be an outdoor kitchen garden bigger than the little one we had a couple of years ago. All of it is more than nothing and that means traction... which is what we need. We need to continue to build habits that will make things better here so we'll already have those habits when we have a space we can really work with.
Things on our current list include:
Zone 0 - indoors
- Grow lights (we've ordered 2 of the 4 foot lights we found on sale through Amazon. These are here, now.)
- Oyster Mushrooms (we picked up a pair of mushroom farm kits from Kroger. These are the kits made available from Back to the Roots. We're considering getting the betta fish aqaponics kit they also sell later on.)
- Salad Year Round (we picked up a couple of window boxes and some potting mix. We have various lettuce and spinach seeds we'll try in these under one of the grow lights)
- Herbs Year Round (we picked up a planting "bowl" that we plan to do herbs in. We'll do basil, thyme, parsley and such in this bowl.)
- Worm Bin (we did worms several years back and they worked like a charm, then some things happened in our life that made us stop doing a lot of the good stuff. Won't go into details on that, but the worm bin is still there. They go dormant sometimes so the goal is to test and see if there are any left, and build them back up if there are.)
Zone 1 - outdoors
- Kitchen Garden (we'll expand the kitchen garden space and plant tomatoes, basils, peppers, melons, squash, etc in it this spring/summer/fall.)
- Compost Tumbler (we'll put scraps the worms won't eat in this along with yard waste and tumble it each day as appropriate)
- Fish Pond (we'll clean this out as it has a plant growing excessively in it. The goldfish are alive, fat, and happy, but the plant in it needs to be reigned in and maybe plant other stuff in it instead or as well... not sure yet.)
- Flower Beds (these have become overgrown with treelings that weren't invited and need to be removed as they are next to the house and in the way.)
- Perennials (we plan to put in hazelnuts for me and black currants for my wife. We'll also do some containers with stuff like rhubarb and asparagus in various spots around the property. Most of this will go into the cleaned out flower beds.)
Some of this is maintenance to bring previous stuff back up to better standards. Some of this is putting in new plants to make things better and observe how things behave in containers, in shade, in full sun, etc. We'll use the information we obtain through observation to choose specific "preferred" sites at the next property we move to.