Hip Chick Digs turns five today! I wrote my first blog post about nine months after we moved into this teeny 1927 bungalow on a tenth of an acre covered with lawn.

Backyard in 2006

It’s easy to lose sight of how far I’ve come amongst the weeds and planting chores. But marking this anniversary is a time to acknowledge how hard work combined with fertile Willamette Valley soil and the passage of time can create an urban oasis. (The plastic roofing in the picture below is a long story I’ll write about later this week…)

Backyard 2012

This is also the one year anniversary of my book Modern Homestead making it onto bookshelves across the country. I set out to write the book I wish I had when my homesteading adventure began – something unpretentious, approachable and empowering. I wanted to write a book that took the mystery out of homesteading and made it accessible for renters and homeowners alike.

To celebrate, I want to give away a copy of my book to one lucky reader! Tell me about where you are in your homesteading journey. What are you most proud of on your homestead? What plans are on the horizon for you? Leave a comment in response to these questions sometime this week. Next week I will announce the winner and send you a copy of my book.

Five very busy years that have included a masters degree in landscape architecture and a new baby… what will the next five years look like? I’m not quite sure, but I bet it will involve a lot of dirt under my nails.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson