Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my ‘warren’ (read: my plot of space here at Dancing Rabbit). It’s something like 2500 square feet. With all that I want to do, the space is feeling smaller and smaller.
First, there’s the cob house, which takes up 360 of those square feet or so, positioned in the middle of the (vaguely) rectangular space. My ultimately goal is to be surrounded by food, or more specifically, to have a bustling food forest to the north of my home, with other food plants scattered about. The food forest will eventually feature up to half a dozen fruit trees, a variety of shrubs (hazelnuts, berries), perennial vegetables, and mushrooms.
Then there’s the three annual garden beds I want to plant at the front of my warren, and the herb spiral I want to stick in somewhere. And then there’s the pepper bed I want to plant in front of my house (the peppers should like the extra heat that bounces off the south wall).
Did I mention I need storage space for firewood and building materials, hang out space, and I want to build to an outdoor oven somewhere nearby? And have potential outdoor cooking space?
Well, you get the idea. These days, I’ll often walk around my warren and try to visualize everything I want to do, and how to fit it all in, without being crowded or disorderly. I want to talk a permacultural approach to designing my living space so that everything flows well.
I’m already toying with the idea of getting additional space and how that could play into the overall scheme.
Whatever becomes of the space, I’m excited to see how the space will continue to change throughout the upcoming year.
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