The pond worked in 2018

Homesteading in 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

2018 is over and it is time to start planning for what homesteading tasks to do in the new year. But you can’t really do this without understanding what worked—and what didn’t–on your homestead over the last year.

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So, what worked on your homestead, and what didn’t?

Keep that question in mind.

I’m going to share what worked and what didn’t on my homestead in 2018 and what I’m looking forward to in the year ahead.

What about you? Share what worked and what didn’t on your homestead in the comments.

How did things go on my homestead?

Well, 2018 on the Wild Homestead can be defined by 3 words—Not Enough Time.

Working a full-time job, launching this site, supporting and being present with my family, does not leave much time for homesteading. Sometimes it felt like if one thing went wrong, it could set me back weeks trying to catch up to where I thought I *should* have been.

But I did accomplish a lot on the land in 2018 (with some misadventures along the way). In this blog post I’m going to share one thing that worked and one that didn’t.

If you have yet to start your homestead or are just starting out don’t miss my blog post on what you need to know before starting your homestead.

Don’t forget to share your answer to these questions in the comments!

One Thing That Worked in 2018

The pond worked in 2018

This pond is a brand new part of my homestead and one of my big successes in 2018.

I struggled to pick one thing that worked in 2018 on my homestead. There are several things that worked out well.

But the one thing that I’m really happy with is building my first pond.

This pond was built along a seasonal stream that flows through some old pastureland on our property. I built it using a technique that mimics how beavers build their dams.

Water is life.

My goal with the pond is to slow down water to retain more moisture in the soil and reduce the amount of water I need to use on my plants. It will also attract wildlife that will help transform my homestead into a thriving ecosystem.

It also adds beauty and creates peaceful spaces to unwind.

I love working with water, and having water features on my homestead has been a dream of mine for a long time. This first pond is a proof of concept, and I hope to expand it in 2019.

You can read more about water in my blog post on how to reduce how much watering your garden needs.

What’s something that worked for you on your homestead in 2018?

One Thing That Did Not Work in 2018

What did not work? Time management.

Family is very important to me - here my son and I are playing in his sandbox that I built for him in 2018. While we had lots of good times in 2018 I need to better balance my homesteading projects to have more time with my family.

So, what did not work in 2018 on my homestead. I think the biggest failure I had in 2018 was time management.

While I got a lot done, I don’t feel like I did a good job balancing family, work, and homesteading. I took on too many projects, and, combined with unexpected events (such as a deer breaking through the deer fence!), I did not have enough time to be with my family.

The lesson I learned is to take on fewer homesteading projects so I can have more time with my family and less stress.

What did you struggle with in 2018 on your homestead?

Looking Forward to 2019

Looking forward to 2019 and having a new garden.

This view has already changed with the new pond and the growth of some plants. But in 2019 this area will feature a brand new garden just outside my backdoor.

Now it is time to get excited about 2019! What are you excited about in 2019?

I’m most excited about welcoming my new baby to the world! My wife and I are expecting a little girl to add to our wild bunch in May.

But as far as homesteading projects go, I’m most excited about finishing setting up the area around my house. This will include a new garden area, planting berries and fruit trees, and eliminating a lot of grass to make room for future plantings.

I got a lot of land preparation to do and I’m going to be setting it all up to minimize garden pests by working with nature.

How does this fit with the lesson I learned in 2018?

This project is made up of lots of small tasks that lets me work in small bursts instead of needing days of uninterrupted homesteading time. I can plant a few fruit trees at a time and then take a break to spend time with family.

My hope is that these smaller tasks will let me have a better balance between family, work, and homesteading in 2019.

What about you? What are you excited about in 2019?


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Daron is the homesteader and blogger behind Wild Homesteading. With years of experience in gardening, permaculture, homesteading, and environmental restoration Daron's goal is to share his knowledge with all of you so you can work with nature to build your homestead and grow your own food. In addition, to running this site Daron is a restoration ecologist managing the restoration program for a local non-profit and a husband to an amazing wife who makes this site and the homestead possible and daddy to a perfect little boy.

  • Carla says:

    What worked: found and purchased our new place
    What didn’t: the water heater. So, we started to replace it, because it was a behemoth, but repaired it, because the $3K difference seemed important to hang onto, for now.
    What we’ll change: the previous owner/builders didn’t put a diverter valve between the water heater & the subfloor heating water pipes – so to have hot water anywhere else, it had to first travel all the way through the floor! We will be adding said diverter.

    • Daron says:

      Congrats on your new place that is of course a huge step forward! Repairing the water heater sounds like the right choice but man that is frustrating to have the hot water have to travel through the floor first! Thanks for your comment!

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