Urban Homesteading Plans: Shed, Orchard, Front Garden | Ep. 2

Welcome back to the Epic Urban
Homestead everyone. Kevin Espiritu here. [Inaudible]. Not a lot has changed
to be honest with you. I have a really cool garden that I spun
up that I'll show you a little bit later on in the video. But this
video will really be about
the strategy, the planning, and you know, what are the big projects
that I want to do? And in what order? It really seems like with this much space, you have to decide the
major things you want to do, and then prioritize in the chronology, like when that actually is going to
happen. And if you're going to build it, if you're going to buy it, if you're going to outsource it or some
combination of those.

So first of all, let's update you on the space and then
we'll get into some of these project ideas. One of the very first things I did was
remove the crappy sink that's sitting right there and I replaced
it with my potting bench, which eventually I'll
hook up to the water. It's not hooked up just yet cause
I need to get some better plumbing. But I needed something like this. And what's nice is I can now reuse
this water because it comes out in this bucket right here. So I can then
irrigate my landscape with this. So I've got a bunch of starts here, but the real gem of this
space right now is the irrigated grow bag garden.

This thing, it's about 27ish grow bags I would say. And they're all irrigated with
360 degree adjustable drip spikes, which are just absolutely one of
the most handy tools of all time. Cleared out some of that deadly
foxtail barley for this space. We laid down just some really cheap, quick landscape fabric and some bark
just to provide a little bit of structure to the space. But really it's just
an assortment of different things. We've got some leafy greens, some herbs. Over here we have some of our vining
crops. Got a squash over there. Over here we have some corn. So I'm just testing a bunch of different
varieties of things in these grow bags. Here's a really nice one. This
is a little bit of a mixed use. So you have some leafy greens up top and
then I've got zinnias and salvia as a bit of a pollinator attractant.

Here's
another cool idea. It's pepper, lettuce, lettuce, lettuce and then a nice
pepper right here. And look at that. We even have a little little guy right
there. By the way for small scale, where you control the stirrup hoe, is the best cause it's got 45 degree
angle and it's just a little bit of a serrated tip and you just slice right
through roots at the soil surface. So the first major project,
I'm scared to stand up in here, that's going to go down
is probably the shed removal and replacement. A lot of
you said you should keep this shed. A lot of you said you
should tear this shed down. I've decided to tear it down and I'll
explain to you why I've decided to tear it down. So first of all, if I stand up I will
hit it and it's not fun. Like I'll hit this rafter right here
with my head.

So I don't want that. Number two though, it's nine foot
by seven foot. So 63 square feet, but the maximum unpermitted size for
a shed here in San Diego is 10 by 12. So that's 120 square feet so it's
almost double the square footage, with more height. And when I rebuild it, that means I get to put it in an area
of the home that makes a little bit more sense. So that's what I'm
going to do. Of course, there's a bunch of lumber here
that I'm sure that I can repurpose.

So I'll deconstruct this shed and
use it some point in the future. It'll get reused. But what I want
to do, and I'll show you a second, is pour a concrete pad and put a
more semipermanent shed that's a lot bigger than I can store my
gardening tools, my supplies, perhaps put a little outdoor
desk or workstation in there, perhaps a little set where I can
film some videos for you guys.

So let me show you some ideas I
have, as far as the placement. We're in my back patio right now and
as we go this way we're walking east. And so here's the shed that we just were
in and here's the rest of the backyard property. So this would be the
northeast corner right there. I want to reserve this area over
here for the potential addition of an ADU or accessory dwelling unit.
It's not going to happen right away, maybe not for a couple years, but
it's probably going to be over there. So I don't want to put it over there, but at the same time I don't want it
just sitting right here in the middle. So my thought right now is to
move the shed into this area underneath the shaded pepper tree,
which that might need some trimming. But maybe to pour a concrete pad right
here and put a 10 by 12 foot shed right in this zone. Now, as far as how I'm actually going
to build the shed and by the way, check out my air mattress
set up, pretty Epic, right? I want to build a lot of
stuff for this property, but going straight from not
a ton of building experience
to a 10 by 12 foot shed that I actually want to withstand the
test of time is probably not my best option.

So I want to show you a couple ideas I
have as far as who I'm going to use to help me build the shed.
So my friend Ben Sullins, who's also a YouTuber and also in
San Diego, he recommended these guys, Socal Sheds. They've got a
bunch of different styles. So the ones that really stuck
out to me were the Tall Peak, which I'll pop into in a second,
the Studio Shed or the Lean-To. Now the ones that don't really, I mean, I don't really want a red barn style
look, this Gambrel style model. Or a Porch Shed. I don't really
care to have a Custom Shed. I'm not that crazy right now. Yeah. These ones just look a little bit more
vintage to me and my, my home is vintage.

It's a hundred something years old, but
I it's just not, it's a Spanish home. It's not like a barn style home.
So I'll pop open these two. I'm leaning between either
the Lean-To or the Tall Peak. The Tall Peak is just like a
classic shed, right? It's just your, your normal style shed with
the normal peaked roof.

And it would be 10 by 12 foot and you
get to choose all your customizations, like your window, sidings and
your roofing options and stuff. But something like this
could be really cool. Now, if I wanted to stick more
towards the flat roof style, I could go with a Lean-To. And the other thing I thought
might be nice about a Lean-To, is that if you take a look, obviously the water's running
primarily off of one side of the roof. And so I could more easily do water
capture without having to put, you know, like rain gutters around the whole thing. So Lean-To is probably going
to be the one I go with. Now what's kind of cool about these guys
is they have all these options, right? So there's all these sort of build
a shed customizations you can do.

You can add different siding, you can
add different doors, you can add windows, ventilation, custom options. So I've been fielding some quotes
from the people at Socal Sheds. We'll see if I end up going with it. I'll probably want to pour a
concrete pad out there as well, just for additional stability. The
shed that's out there right now is on, I think it's called pier and beam. And I'd rather just have
something a little more stable, especially if I want to connect that
shed to future hardscaping that I do in that section of the backyard. The next most obvious thing in my mind
to solve is irrigation and where the water will be sourced and how it's going
to spread out to different zones of the property. Now what's hard is, if I don't know exactly what those zones
will be and what their water needs will be, it's hard to then plan
that out. But I do know this, I know that a single hose
bib is not going to cut it.

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So that's one of my next
steps, is to research, okay how do I add more hose bibs? And then actually add a sort of
irrigation hub to the property so I can send water to various areas, either
on timers or in various amounts, or just really get it all solved in a
way that's scalable and not wasteful. So we're in the front yard
now. And this little section, as I mentioned before in prior videos, is going to be a replica
of the Epic Garden.

But there are some significant changes
I'd like to make because number one, that's a very cramped space at my old
garden where even the distance between beds is sometimes less than a foot. So
I'm having to really shimmy in there. And I just need more space. I want it to still be a showcase of
small space urban gardening techniques, but I'll probably have pathways that
are at least two feet wide, you know, following a lot of the classic garden
spacing principles. But for right now, I'm leaving it bare because we're going
to be filming the TV show here over the course of the next month. And I don't know exactly where
everything's going to go, all the projects we're going to build
for that show. So I'm leaving this bare. And then we get to the orchard area.

I'm hanging out here underneath a
loquat tree, very fitting. In fact, this is two loquat trees, and then we
have a lemon tree that's over there. And this is the front yard orchard
idea that I have. So if we go this way, you go more towards the front of the
house where that front garden we just talked about is. As you go this way, you go more towards the property line
that way and the front actually of the yard.

And so I'm sitting
under the loquat tree. I thought the loquat tree makes a nice
dividing line between whatever garden it is that I end up having over
here and a mini backyard, although it would be a
front yard, orchard design. And the reason that I
think that is number one, you should always kind of go with
what you have on the property.

So I have loquat tree, lemon tree.
They seem to be doing pretty well, although they need some serious pruning
and care and we'll get into that in other videos. So why not plant more
in this area? Gets a lot of good sun. I can grow almost any type of fruit
tree that I want, I would say, depending on the variety. And so that's
what I've really been thinking about. Now, the thing that really you have
to research when it comes to a, an orchard design for a small space, and this really is still a small
space from an orchard's perspective, is the layout. What
varieties are you choosing, in what spacings and how do
you actually lay that all out? Now I've been researching
out of Dave Wilson Nursery's, I think it's called Backyard
Orchard Design.

And the
general principle there is, let's say you want to grow, I don't know,
let's say you wanna grow some apples, right? Well, instead of growing one apple or four
huge apple spaced really far apart, what you would do is you would
manage the vertical height, make that your responsibility to manage
the vertical height of your fruit trees, and plant them a little bit
closer together than you
normally would and choose varieties that mature at
different points in the season.

So you have succession sowing in a sense, but just based on the timing of when
that particular cultivar produces. And so that's probably the
approach I'm going to take, but there's a lot of research still to
do as far as the actual fruits I want. Then within that, the cultivars
that I want of those fruits, and then within all of
that, once I know that, where is this all going to be
planted? How's it going to be planted? How's it going to be irrigated?
And all of those things. But needless to say this is, I think, the area that I want to do that in
because it provides some privacy while I don't have any fencing going, you look straight into the
back of my yard right now.

So it provides some privacy, sort of
this urban jungle oasis type of look. And I just think it makes sense
to go with what's already here. We're now in the one car garage
of the Epic Urban Homestead. And there's some little things that
I want to do here. First of all, there's no shelving. There's no
shelving in this entire place. And there's some boards here and
obviously you have your studs. And so what I'd like to do is get some
very simple shelving up so all of my stuff is off the ground so
that I can probably coat this. I'm probably going to end up coating
this with some sort of like epoxy or something and leveling it all out because
this is the area that I'm going to be building most of the stuff that
eventually makes it out into the property. And so I want a nice
clean, smooth, efficient, like well designed and well organized
space that I don't have to be, you know, moving around all sorts of
nonsense. And so storage shelves, as well as kind of cleaning up
that floor are the goals for this.

Obviously a lot of this will end up making
it into the shed that eventually gets built but, for the time being, it's
all being stored in here. By the way, check this out. This is the
biggest grow bag I've ever seen. It's a 100 gallon grow bag from Bootstrap
Farmer that I'll be planting out in a future video. So stay tuned for that.
Thing is huge. Absolutely massive! There's quite a lot to do
here on the property. I mean, the stuff we've talked about so
far, just a shed to store stuff, it's not that revolutionary,
um.

You know, a, an idea for where the orchard is gonna go, an idea for where the front
yard garden is going to go. The strategy for the
irrigation. Yes, it's all there, but it's sort of just like birthing itself
into my mind as I get a feel for the space. I think that really
is the important part. I don't want to make any huge moves
without knowing how this space grows, how it works, how
much it costs to water, how much my electricity bill is going
to be for powering different sorts of things. And so those are the
main considerations right now. Now there's a lot to do as
far as moving the garden over. A lot of you want to see how the
garden's going to get moved over here. I'm going to cover that
here on the channel. Talk a little bit more about
the financials of cost of
some of the things that I'm building and designing and
installing here on the property. As well as just like improving the soil, basic homesteady type of content
that I'd like to put out here.

So that's it for today's tour. Hope
you guys enjoyed episode two complete. Stay tuned, good luck in the
garden and keep on growing..

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