Today’s question comes from Tracey about that very subject.
Thanks for sharing your family’s adventure into semi self-sufficiency with everyone. I find your stories really inspiring.
I have looked on your site, and can’t find the info I’m looking for – although it’s probably in BIG letters under my nose.
How large is your block? Have you ever done a birds-eye plan of the garden? We have tried the rural acre block, but due to a bad back and missing family, we are going back to suburbia and since you seem to provide so much we are hoping ours can sustain our modified dream.
I appreciate that you are busy, so thanks for your time
Tracey & W
Well firstly Tracey, thanks for the email and sorry to hear about the bad back and you missing your family. I know all about bad backs and the dampening effect it can have on plans.
So on to your question. My suburban block is 779 m² (0.19 acre). It was the average block size back in the 1970’s when my home was built. Not all is arable, as the pool takes up about a fifth of the land and the house another two fifths, leaving me the remaining two fifths to grow food and raise chooks.
I have posted a birds-eye plan of the garden before, but that was quite a few years ago. I found an updated aerial view of my house and land (circa Oct 2012), and I have highlighted things that can be squeezed in to a small block of land such as ours.
Well, I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is!
As you can see, you can fit an almighty swathe of things in a suburban block. Hopefully you will be able to see the potential in which ever new home you choose.
Your dream can become a reality, even in suburbia. Mine did!