All it takes is a shovel, some pots, fruit trees, long weekends, lots of love for the work and voila! You have taken a hideous yard and made it lovely and productive.
I was searching frantically for homes in 2017. We watched housing prices double in the Sacramento area and rents were skyrocketing (as they are to this day). I have two children and two dogs and I’ll tell you this…do not have dogs if you plan to rent cheap. It is very hard to find a rental that will allow dogs, especially big dogs and you have to pay out more as you will need a yard. If you have children as well…it gets hard out there. Add a cat to that and you’re done for.
After searching high and low, I went to the next dusty town over and was outbid a few times before being forced to take another look at this ugly little HUD home, once happily occupied by squatters, drug dealers and a lone prostitute.
As you can assume, this was not the first choice…or second…or third. But alas, it was the last house available and it was cheap. It doesn’t look so bad in this photo but the inside was sad.
I must have passed this house up so many times on Realtor.com. I kept taking in that tiny backyard and thinking “there’s no room for the kids, the dogs, the garden…”
Turns out there was more than enough room when it was fenced in properly and the useless lawns were dug up and turned into gardens and food forest.
The dogs are taken to the river to run almost daily as the gardens have taken over everything and the boys and I go to the forest to play and hike, but our yards are charming and filled with organic foods.
I now enjoy two kitchen gardens and 23 fruit and nut trees, and grapevines. All this on 5,000 sq foot yard.
My inspiration came from watching Urban Homestead about the Dervaes family on YouTube. What this family has accomplished in a 4,000 sq ft yard in LA is incredible.
Watch this for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IbODJiEM5A
To see the full inside and outside transformation (before and afters) here is one of our latest videos: