Trees. Shrubs. Perennial Flowers. Blackberries. Raspberries. Blueberries. Apples. Pears. Vegetable Gardens. Mint Garden. Edible Perennial Garden. 1 Dog. 2 Cats. 2 Sheep. 12 Chickens. Wildlife.
Wanna take a tour around our rural Michigan farmhouse? I had some free time this evening. No kids or husband. It was just me, my animal babies and a camera to photo tour our property. This RARELY happens.
Let me know if you can identify any of the unnamed plants! I will put an asterisk (*) by any plant species I need help with!
Wildflowers & Perennial Flowers
My major focus this summer has been tidying up our yard and growing vegetables. Sadly, I let all our flower beds run wild with weeds. I intend on doing serious landscaping with black plastic, wood chips and the whole works. That will be next year’s project though! The previous owners did a wonderful job planting perennials that bloom from the first of spring till the end of fall. It’s only July and we’ve had quite a nice flower show throughout our yard.
We have a small Pine tree forest on our lot and several White Oak in the mix. There’s also fruit trees: one peach (needs a companion or it may be too old to bear fruit), two pears and two apples. We have plans to plant a few cherry trees too.
I wrote several initial posts on prepping garden supplies, starting seeds indoors, thinning seedlings and tilling our garden. Our seeds have been in the ground for about one month now. Some plants are doing great, while others are hating our poor quality sandy soil. We paid for a soil test, but aren’t going to seriously focus on regaining its health until we have a good stock of chicken and sheep manure that’s been sitting awhile. Next year our soil will be AMAZING. Or so I hope. 🙂
I planted three Sunflower varieties on the north side of our garden before the rows of corn. I hear they grow well together and might even increase the yield of corn. Regardless, they are good companion plants for pest problems like aphids and are just plain beautiful to look at!
My rows of corn definitely have empty spots where nothing grew. This picture is my tallest plant. I get let down every time I look at the thick corn fields all around my area. They are three times as tall! I guess I was over-paranoid about our Michigan weather dropping below freezing. I didn’t get my garden planted until the June 7th!
I love this picture of Apple Mint. It is an excellent example to prove just how hardy those mint plants are! I planted this mint plant when it appeared to be completely dead. There was no sign of green life anywhere and it was completely dried out. In just a short amount of time, with some love and watering, it rose from the dead!
This purple corn was an accident! We had our chicken tractor over this garden area so they could clean out all the bugs… and well, we threw them our leftover popcorn kernels. A few weeks later, I noticed these baby corn stalks growing. I recently bought a special purple popcorn kernel variety that is supposedly higher in antioxidants. I really hope that’s what growing because we always pop our own popcorn rather than buying the bagged kind.
Our garden is so big that I cannot keep up on the weeding for the life of me! I just do a little bit of weeding each day and call it good. I’ve never weeded my garden in the past… EVER. So I’d say I’m doing a damn good job this time! 🙂 The soil quality in this picture just kills me.. It looks so unhealthy and dry…
Don’t you just love my straight rows?!! I didn’t use stakes and twine until I was halfway through my garden. I’d say it adds character, no?
My bok choy was planted from kitchen scraps. Simply place the remaining bottom part of the stalk in water. Change the water every 2-3 days and watch roots form. Once there is a solid new root system, plant it into the soil and watch it regrow! Those beautiful leaves were already growing nicely indoors and now they are really thriving. I love cooking bok choy in stir fry dishes!
This side of my garden really needs help. Free free to drop by and pick all the weeds for me. Thanks! You can’t tell but there are radishes, carrots, lettuce, and spinach growing in that area.
I am currently battling the ants with Diatomaceous Earth (DE). I’m winning but slowly. That is the only pesticide I use in my garden and sparingly. I get really upset when I see a humungous ant hill with the opening swallowing the base of the plant stem. I tend to get carried away with the DE when I see that! Otherwise, this is as natural as a garden can get… (minus the Non-Organic seeds I bought from Burpee. I incorrectly assumed non-GMO = organic so who knows what each seed was coated with! :/ ) Oh well. Next time, I’ll be better.
Blackberries & Perennial Grasses
I’m suspicious that Fancy is a rooster… which would make 3 roosters in our flock of 12.
This lamb is a serious love bug who can never get enough attention or food. He’s part dog.
That’s all I have for now. I missed quite a lot… however, I think I gave you all a pretty good nature tour! I did miss getting a picture of my dog but I featured him in a recent post showing off his dog tricks. 🙂