Backyard Homestead Ideas

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You don't have to have a huge property to homestead. You can backyard homestead with very little space. You just have to decide what it is that you want to do with that space. We have 3/4 of an acre and are trying to make the most out of it.

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Backyard Homestead Ideas

You don't need 10 acres to homestead. We do it with 3/4 of an acre. And I know we can use our space better than we are. Each year we do a little more, and make more choices to move towards our goals of self-sufficiency.

We currently have 3 separate chicken coops and runs for the flocks of chickens we have. We also have a large greenhouse and garden.

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Creating a backyard homestead can be a fun and rewarding way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. With a little planning and effort, you can turn your backyard into a productive space that provides you with fresh food, herbs, and even eggs.

Here are some backyard homestead ideas to get you started:

Vegetable Garden

One of the most common backyard homestead ideas is to grow a vegetable garden. Even if you have limited space, you can still grow vegetables in containers or raised beds.

You can grow a variety of vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce. You can also grow herbs, such as basil, mint, and thyme, which can be used to add flavor to your meals. Freeze or dehydrate the herbs you don't use fresh.

Fruit Trees

Planting fruit trees in your backyard is another great homesteading idea. Depending on where you live, you can grow a variety of fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries, peaches, and plums.

Fruit trees require some maintenance, such as pruning and fertilizing, but they can provide you with fresh, delicious fruit for years to come. Think about location when you plant your fruit trees. We had some apples drop, and rot, and then the bugs made their way to our garden. Not a good outcome.

Chicken Coop

Raising chickens is a popular homesteading idea that provides fresh eggs and meat. Chickens require some work and maintenance, such as feeding, cleaning, and providing shelter, but they are relatively easy to care for.

You can start with just a few hens, and expand your flock as you become more comfortable. Make sure you check with zoning, particularly if you are in a town or community. some communities do not allow chickens at all, and some won't allow roosters.

There are so many different chicken breeds, that I recommend doing your research before jumping into any breeds. Think about size, egg-laying abilities, egg color, and personality.

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Beekeeping is another backyard homestead idea that provides many benefits. Bees are important pollinators, and they can also produce honey, beeswax, and other products. Beekeeping requires some equipment and knowledge, but it can be a fun and educational experience.

Make sure you check with zoning, particularly if you are in a town or community. We haven't ventured into beekeeping because we don't have a large property and we don't know if our kids are allergic to bees.


Composting is a great way to reduce waste and create rich soil for your garden. You can start by collecting food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials, and layering them in a compost bin or pile. Over time, the materials will break down and turn into nutrient-rich soil that you can use in your garden.

Compost is also something that you can sell to other homesteaders. We all need great soil for our gardens.

There are many backyard homestead ideas that can help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you choose to grow vegetables, raise chickens, or something else, each step you take toward self-sufficiency will bring you closer to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

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