Remember this?


Last week, we rented a tractor, carried away a ton of debris such as old moldy mattresses, concrete rubble and rusty poles, plowed under the weed jungle, handpicked another mound of smaller scale litter (old plastic bottles, beer cans, ancient shoes), and started preparing the space for our future garden.


The place now looks like this. There is still a slab of concrete in the middle that was too difficult to remove, but we figure we can use it as a foundation for a chicken coop or a greenhouse.

I’ve already marked some beds and planted beans, squash, and peppers. I know it’s unorthodox to plant at the end of October, but I figure there are plenty of places where the summer is about as warm as our winter, and people still report being able to grow tomatoes and peppers there, so what have we got to lose? One thing is certain – outdoor work is a lot pleasanter in winter around these parts.

Stay tuned for more news about us and our work to make the most of this little urban homestead-in-progress.


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

4 thoughts on “Progress!”

  1. Well, as it is said, nothing ventured, nothing gained…so hopeful for you that the garden will do very well…and already becoming much nicer to look at!! You are blooming where you are planted, dear!!

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  2. Did you buy this place or are you renting? Doesn’t really make much difference, but I will say that in America NO body would take on such a jungle. The previous owner would be expected to get the premises ship-shape before they ever tried to sell it or rent it out. I am in awe of your willingness to tackle it!


    1. The house technically belongs to my mom. The messy plot next to it is not part of the lot – it doesn’t belong to anyone, which is why it became neglected and messy over the years. The local council was thrilled to hear that we want to trim it down and garden there.


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