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5 Year Plan for the 7hh-G Urban Homestead

I’ve been researching lots of other blogs out there and have come across a lot of good things. One idea in particular, that appeals to me and applies to our virgin Urban Homestead is a Plan. And to add to that would be a schedule – scheduling is a huge part of my day job (I supervise a team of Architects & Project Managers who manage Design & Construction projects for the Federal Government). So, this post will be about the 7hh-G Urban Homestead 5 Year Plan. I believe it will be helpful to put down and review the interests and projects for our Urban Homestead for a number of reasons. One good reason for planning is to know how much funding is going to be needed. Another reason is that I’ve come to see how inter-related our projects are; some projects have to be in place before others can be started. Growing seasons and maturation of some plants are also issues to be considered.

So here goes some initial thoughts on a 5 Year Plan.

Year 01 – 2014

  1. Build the chicken coop (a 6 wk. project) – 2/2014.
  2. Build the chicken brooder – 3/2014.
  3. Condition straw bales for straw bale garden – 3/2014.
  4. Receive & begin raising 7 chicks – 4/2014.
  5. Plant eco-lawn Fleur de Lawn – 4/2014.
  6. Plant 1st straw bale garden – 4/2014.
  7. Plant fruit trees (2 apricot & 2 nectarine) – 4/2014.
  8. Plant perennials & annuals – 4/2014.
  9. Plant strawberry raised bed – 4/2014.
  10. Plant herb garden – 4/2014 .
  11. Build & install rain harvesting system on chicken coop – 5/2014.
  12. Build fire pit – 6/2014.
  13. Build compost bin #2 – 6/2014.

Year 02 – 2015

  1. Build two bee hives – 3/2015.
  2. Build wood pergola over flagstone patio – 3/2015.
  3. Receive & install two packages of bees – 4/2015.
  4. Plant grapes at the base of pergola – 4/2015.
  5. Plant perennials & annuals – 4/2015.
  6. Build fire pit seating area – 5/2015.

Year 03 – 2016

  1. Plant perennials & annuals – 4/2016.
  2. Plant espaliered apple trees – 4/2016.
  3. Build wood deck next to flagstone patio – 5/2016.
  4. Build & install water feature/pond adjacent to wood deck – 6/2016.

Year 04 – 2017

  1. Replace existing asphalt shingle roof on house with metal roof – 3/2017.
  2. Build & install rain harvesting system on house – 4/2017.

Year 05 – 2018

  1. Build aquaponics grow bed at west-side pond – 4/2018.

Looking back after completing the Plan, Year 01 may be too ambitious. More posts to come as this Plan is refined.

6 comments on “5 Year Plan for the 7hh-G Urban Homestead

  1. Sarah
    January 1, 2014

    I’ve been admiring your plan – and looking forward to following it’s progress through your blog. My garden has evolved more than been planned, but I should maybe be more organised and at least make a list of projects for this year!

    • sam3abq
      January 2, 2014

      Wow – thanks for the encouraging words. It does sound so final doesn’t it 😉 It’s just my type-A personality shining through , lol. I’m a planner and felt after so much researching and pinning and posting and LIKEing and so on through various social media that I needed to get a little grounded about what we were looking to accomplish. I’m so happy to hear you say your garden has “evolved” – I hope ours does to some degree. But it’s nice to have some sort of plan to start from. Hope you return and continue to comment. Thank you Sarah.

  2. The Novice Gardener
    January 1, 2014

    Please keep us updated! I love that you put this down on paper, I should do the same.

    • sam3abq
      January 2, 2014

      It’s a starting point 😉 All the influences of the world may alter it completely but let’s hope we stay the course somewhat , with the resources and time we have available. The “day-job” and kids involvement in athletics takes up large amounts of free time as it is – so, we’ll see.
      Thank you for the post and I hope you return and comment some more – headed over to see your site more closely.

  3. Mom
    January 16, 2014

    I’m exhausted just reading it! Nice and organized. Look forward to seeing it as it progresses.

  4. sam3abq
    January 16, 2014

    Some photos on our straw bale garden getting started will be posted tonight – wanted to buy them and start seeing how much space they’re going to take up. We want to start placing fence posts and fencing where needed.

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