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Today I welcome Leslie to this space.
Leslie Colin Tribble lives in a small town in northwestern Wyoming and has just under an acre lot on the edge of the city limits. She's recently begun her homestead journey, but has big plans for her little spot! She blogs about nature and educational activities at Sagebrush Lessons.
Currently I have a “normal” yard with several pines, aspen, shrubs and a few perennials. Last year I built my own raised beds, which worked wonderfully, despite the fact they aren’t even remotely level.
I also added in some carrot and potato cages. So that was my homestead beginning! I am definitely a newbie to this adventure.
I share my home and yard with two grown children who come and go, two aging dogs and two cats. Not to mention deer, mice, rabbits, skunks and the occasional coyote or mountain lion passing through.
My plans for my little homestead are huge. This year I will add to the growing space with more container gardens. Digging in the soil really isn’t an option as my lot is situated right over a seam of surface shale. I’ve always purchased my seeds wherever I can find them for cheap, but this year I want to experiment with heritage varieties.
I am making plans to add chickens but will have to wait until my Samoyed goes to the great milk bone in the sky. He wouldn’t hurt them intentionally, but he is very curious and likes to play rough. My collie would be great at caring for them and herding them about.
I also want to add to my flower beds. Although they won’t feed my body they feed my soul and that makes the effort worthwhile.
My biggest success has been building the raised beds by myself. They aren’t perfect but they’re functional! My greatest contentions are the shale soil and the deer that enjoy my gardening efforts. Oh, and the climate of Wyoming is a challenge too, with its frigid winters and howling winds in each season.
I work full-time at a variety of jobs - for our public library, as a writer and a nature guide for visitors to Yellowstone National Park. My degrees are in Environmental Education and I blog about nature and educational activities at Sagebrush Lessons. My heart is set on coming home full-time to write and homestead.