A lot of folks have asked me about my garden cabin. I wrote a piece about it in my latest book The Gardener’s Chairside Reader.
I built this little cabin last Spring after I had the idea to build something in which to be able to wash and process all of the fresh vegetables from my garden. I always seem to go overboard when I am doing things like this and it ended up being quite a project.
I wanted it to be built in style that the early German immigrants who settled in central Texas used when they first started out in the late 1800’s. Their style usually included a tall and steep roof line and large windows. One thing led to another and eventually I added a porch also which is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy my garden.
Inside the little cabin I added a beautiful old antique farm sink so I could wash my produce. Among other things I use my cabin to store gardening tools and supplies.
I also installed a small solar power system as the cabin is off-grid. I use this for some small interior lights and to have electricity to run a few power tools when needed. So far everything has worked out wonderfully.
Lastly, I have enjoyed my cabin so much that I intend to enlarge it a bit so that I can have a bed and small bathroom. After that is completed next year it will become nap central for me and the pups!
Now that I have published The Gardener’s Chairside Reader, I have been pondering my next book.Oh sure, I have a few projects on the back burner, but this time I want to ask my readers what they would most like to read next?
I have an idea to perhaps write about what it really takes to move from the city to the country. These days it seems that a lot of folks are tired of suburban life. They long to buy a few acres someplace in the country and live a simpler and more fulfilling life. Country life can be idyllic, but it is definitely a learning curve for city folks who aren’t prepared for the changes that are ahead for their family.
Time and again, I have witnessed people who move from the city to a rural location. Most have the vision in their minds, but the realities often set in and they eventually move on someplace else.
Another interesting phenomenon that is occurring are the many young folks who are buying older rural properties and are “homesteading” and trying their hardest to live off of their land by raising vegetables, livestock, and chickens. These young people could use some advice from those who “have been there and done that.” Thankfully most of these young couples are doing just fine on their own, but a little guidance would make their journey much easier.
People are generally tired of the rat race and eventually they will find a way to make their dreams of living in the country a reality. I hope they all find their perfect place to raise their family.
If you have an idea about a topic that you would like to read about, drop a message in the comments below!
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