Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children

Homesteading in small spaces has many challenges but things get even tougher when children’s play equipment is battling for space in the backyard of an urban or suburban homestead.

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The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 105 – September 5, 2018 – Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children.

On this podcast episode, I answer a listener question by giving my thoughts on how to creatively homestead around and with children’s playground toys like trampolines, swing sets, and playhouses.

Homestead Updates:

  • Lots of tomatoes despite my poor pruning practices this year.
  • Still harvesting lots of cucumbers, beans, peppers, and quite a few other things.
  • A lot of pruning left to do.
  • Sunflower living wall update.Update on the aquaponics tank.

Main Topic:

Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children

I Discuss: 

  • Ideas for using the space under a trampoline for homesteading purposes and what you shouldn’t use it for. 
  • Multi-purposing a swingset for homestead uses.
  • Some creative ways to use a kid’s playhouse.

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

Jordain asks: I’m working on turning my 1/5 acre lot just outside downtown (Boise) into an urban homestead. I’ve been gardening for the last three years with mixed results, this year has been my best thanks to proper planning. I’m getting chickens next spring for eggs and want to get rabbits for meat (thanks to your podcast, I wouldn’t have even thought about that as an option) and Nigerian dwarf goats for milk and light packing on hunting trips with my sons. My problem and question comes in because this summer my mother-in-law bought my kids a 12-foot trampoline which takes up a lot of space in our yard. I was wondering if you had any ideas of multiple uses I could find for this space hog? I thought about putting chicken wire around the base to use it as a large chicken/rabbit tractor, but I’m not sure how practical that would be. If you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear you talk about it on your podcast any maybe any other multiple-use scenarios for other children’s play structures that potential urban homesteaders might have to deal with on their journeys. Thank you for your time and help, I love the podcast and everything you’re doing to promote healthy and self-sufficient living. 



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A segment where each episode I share something that’s better in my life because of homesteading.

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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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