Montana Land Buyer Realty
Early Spring

Early Spring

Here is a good view of our front yard. Plots supported by log cut offs, native rock from the land, wild native plants such as Rose Hips, Yarrow, St. Johnswort, Service Berry, wild Echinacia,  and more. You can see one of the hop houses and yurt style shelter for some domestic crops. Fence keeps the deer out. 
Garden Landscape Design

Garden Landscape Design





Creating Native Landscapes

Creating Native Landscapes

Most of us who purchase vacant rural land, are inspired to build a home for recreation use or as a living homestead. Back in the 1980's Marian and I lived at 8,000 feet elevation, off grid, and created a self relient Colorado homestead that fit our needs. We later moved to Montana and developed another Alpine homestead, this one at 5,800 feet. We eventually moved down into the valley over looking the Yellowstone River on a "bench", on the high desert plains, where the wind blows often and winters are long and summers short. After 20 years we have created a landscape full of native plants, garden crops, wild and domesticated herbs. This web page is dedicated to share some ideas and information with new land owners especially those who live in mountainous regions. 
Permaculture Design and Consultation

Permaculture Design and Consultation



Are you envissioning property ownership as a small way towards self reliance and to become a steward of the land. Creating your property into an oasis of usable vegetation for self use and the native animal life. I have been selling vacant land, larger acreage for over 18 years. I have lived at 8,000 feet, 5,600 feet and now 4,800 feet. From high mountain property, alpine and high desert plains,  every property Marian (my wife of 43 years) and I have gardened on we had good results.  I received a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2011. Some of the photos you see on this site are of our current garden, an oasis for birds, bees, native plants, wild edibles and specific plants for attracting the pollinaters. Our main focus is to develop an eco system where what happens below ground supports what happens above ground level. There are plenty of websites, magazines and design courses about Permaculture techniques to get you started. My suggestion to you in developing your property is to take the time to observe how the sun moves from winter to summer prior to building (for solar gain). Observe how best to utilize the terrain for growing. Observe how water (rains and winter run off) flow through the property. Oberserve the seasons for greenhouse or hoop houses to legthen the growing season. And observe the wind patterns for setting up wind breaks.  
Native Landscape

Native Landscape



Creating Native Landscape
There's much to consider in creating a native landscape and combining it as a wild edibal and domestic garden. The above photo is our front yard taken in early spring 2021. Some of the plants that are in this portion of the garden are: Service Berry bushes transplanted from the local forest in our region. It produces small blue/purplish berries. Very tasty and sweet if you get the ripe ones before the Robins eat them. In early spring native grasses hide the young perenials, such as St. Johnswort. I don't recall when we introduced these plants. They are a great medicial perenial that produces a yellow flower used in tintures and oils. In the fore ground we have Hops which were transplants from a friend who is an avid gardener. They climb that fence, but don't like too much harsh wind. So I created a plastic corrigated wall to let the sun in and act as a wind break from the prevailing wind. We collect it to use as a sedative in bitter teas. One of these years I'll harvest enough to make a gallon of Beer! I'll be adding more to this section of the page, stay tuned!
Small House Plans

Small House Plans

Here's some house plan ideas where if you look at them you can get the idea of starting with a plan that makes additions easy to do. Great way to build something to go to while you have your land. Starting small with a cottage (vacation getaway) that can turn into a house as time goes on. These plans I have keep throug the years are log cabin plans and an adobe style house. The small home plans afford people with a slim budget to be able to "build when you can with the $$$ you have. It's a rewarding challange to build your own home. There is plenty of "how to" material available to go through in terms of building. Snowbird Homes and Land, Inc. was a general contractor business for 8 years. I built mostly spec homes (some custom homes for clients, too) and have over 30 years experience with building homes as well as several of my own family homes. The spec homes where samll (1600-2200 sq ft) with the add on concept that I previously mentioned.  Call Jim 406 220-1563





Sandbag Homes

Sandbag Homes

I took a workshop with Cal Earth (calearth.org) several years ago and saw the beautiful sculptured homes built with sandbags, coarse soil a little bit of portland cement and barbed wire. Easy to do, labor intensive but inexpensive. They did domed homes for strength and have stamped plans you can purchase that were approved buy the locale county. Check their web site for more of the story. Also, if you google sandbag homes, you see other structures that aren't domes. 







Late Spring 2020

Late Spring 2020