Whether you want to begin homesteading where you are, find a new location, or improve the homestead you have, proper planning is essential. Planning the layout of your homestead is an invitation to think critically about how you want to live. How many people ever actually take the time to do that?
Before you get carried away dreaming about your homestead, every homestead will have some limiting factors. For example, vegetable gardens need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day and preferably a lot more. A garden in a shady location is an obvious “don’t.”
Not so obvious though, is trying not to build a garden in a deer path. Sure, you can do it. But if you start your garden in a deer path, there’s a good chance those deer will take it as an invitation to dine on your dime.