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Countryside dreaming and making the most of your land

February 2, 2018

Living in the countryside has always been a must for us and recently it ha been my absolute dream to own a property with enough room to have my own doggy day care business.

 

{Our village is so pretty in the snow - full post of Walking in a winter wonderland here

 

It’s still very much a pipe dream for us at the moment but hopefully one day I will win the lottery to enable us to turn our dreams into a reality.

 

Until then here are a few ideas on how you can make the most of your land, regardless of if you have single square inch or fifty acres.

 

 

There’s the obvious, the more you have the more you can do with it and it doesn’t need to take up all your time. You can rent land easily or you might want to do it all yourself.

 

Renting fields


If you have enough land to rent out, your best bet is to rent it as farmland, either for crops or livestock. You can rent on a seasonal basis for animals, or throughout the year. A lot of agriculture farmers will want to rent for a block of years at a time - that way they can have full control over the soil and tending to the field.

 

Stables

 

You can also rent stables and paddocks to horse owners. And of course, you can always use the space for yourself for the same reason. Vale stables can be easily erected, and you can buy them to house as many horses as you want. You don’t have to care for the horses yourself, you can hire a stable hand, and the owners will look after their own, but you could start a small business offering board and care while owners are away. 

 

Animals 

 

Speaking of animals, you might want to think about getting some for yourself. You don’t need acres of land to have a few outdoor animals, a small flock of chickens or a couple of goats, even an alpaca or two can thrive in a large garden. Just make sure that you’re not compromising the animal’s health by putting them in too small of a living space. 

 

Veggies 

 

Any garden is big enough to grow a few veggies - you can even have a herb garden in a window box. Growing vegetables doesn't have to be as much work as you think, once they are in the ground, you just need to check for pests and make sure that vines are growing straight, and then harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Once a fruit plant has established itself, there really isn’t much you need to do for it - particularly if it’s a regional fruit as they are much more robust and capable of thriving. 


Nursery 

 

And not for babies - but for plants. Creating a nursery for trees or flowers can be a rewarding business enterprise. You can rent the space to others to have their own business, or manage it yourself. It is a route that involves a green thumb and time to spend on the business, but if that’s not for you, you can expand the business with a cafe or small garden centre. See my post on growing dahlias for more inspiration here.

 

Let me know what you are planning to do with your garden or land.

 

Blunty xx 
 

{Collaborative post with FatJoe.co, as always my opinions are my own}