There’s always something to do on a homestead. But with a light list of Saturday and Sunday to-dos, you might be wondering, “What else can I do this weekend?” We’re here to help — here are six projects to better your homestead, all of which you can complete in two days.
1. Add a Chicken Coop
If you don’t have one already, building a chicken coop should be one of your next homestead-related projects. You can easily construct one from scraps to give future pet chickens a safe place to sleep. Plus, of course, you’ll get fresh eggs every day once you have an avian colony on-site. That’s one less item you need to buy from the store, thus making your homestead that much more independent.
2. Build a Tool Shed
You can’t run your homestead without a full arsenal of tools. Not only do you need the traditional toolbox, but you also need the yard- and farm-working equipment that keeps your homestead productive. So, give all of those must-haves a designated, convenient spot in the backyard — no more trekking to and from the garage when you’re working. Be sure to choose a spot that’s not fruitful for plantings so that you’re not wasting any useful square footage.
3. Create a Greenhouse
Some homesteaders have the luxury of a warm climate year-round. If you deal with cold winters in your neck of the woods, you might want to spend a weekend building a greenhouse in preparation for the chill that’s around the corner. Some people have done so for as cheap as $50, and their indoor gardens have helped plants stay warm and thriving throughout the winter. And who doesn’t want fresh produce year-round?
4. Plant More Greens
You can’t dedicate all your homesteading property to farming. Diversifying your plantings will help protect the soil, so you don’t strip it of all its nutrients. So, spend a weekend adding greenery to your landscape. You can pop towering thrillers or wide-growing fillers into your yard for beautification. Plus, the more foliage you have, the more your homestead contributes to air purification, as promoted by carbon dioxide-ingesting plants. In other words, it’s a win-win.
5. Set up a Smokehouse
Homesteaders have to find ways to preserve their food, since many edibles aren’t available year-round. With a backyard smokehouse, you can cure and preserve meats so that they last longer without losing any of their flavor. Smoking your proteins can infuse them with even more tastiness — build this cinderblock-based smoker to get yourself started.
6. Sit Around the Fire Pit
You haven’t built it yet, but a DIY firepit can make your homestead even cozier. Not all of the land has to go to food production, after all — you can enjoy at least a corner of your property sans homesteading. So, spend a few days building up a fire pit. Once you’re done, gather around and relish in the time spent with your loved ones.
Make Your Homestead Even Better
A few days’ work can go a long way on a homestead, and these quick DIY projects prove it. So, grab your gloves, supplies and toolkit next weekend — it’s time to make your property that much better.