Garden Tour

Welcome to my garden tour!

I thought I would share some photos from our blossoming homestead gardens here in South Georgia.  Caution:  there are a ton of photos in this post!

I live on five acres and we have a pond on our property.   Essentially it was a blank slate when we moved here 6 years ago.  I added a few vegetable gardens, a chicken coop, landscaping and several trees/bushes.  I have huge plans for our homestead but it all has to be done within a budget (of course!).  I plan on going solar within the next two years which will be a huge chunk off of my monthly utility bill.

Let’s start here outside my door….

Flowers and herb garden

New herb garden:  I recently doubled this garden size.  Since it’s a shady spot, I planted ferns near the  house foundation.  There are azaleas, crepe myrtle trees, Knockout roses and Rose of Sharon bushes scattered throughout the garden.  As always, we use pine straw for mulch purposes!  Most of the time it’s free because I rake it from under the pine trees in our driveway!

 

New herb garden: I already have lavender, oregano, rosemary, and thyme growing in here. This is a partial shade garden so it works great for herbs.  I have a tendency to overplant and then it turns into a mess when everything grows.  It looks a little sparse to me but hopefully will fill in over the next few months.

 

The hens love to hang out under the holly tree. Sadly, they sometimes eat all my herbs! They get shoo’d out of the herb garden ALOT.

 

Two years ago, I randomly planted bulbs all over the property. Every spring I get a little surprise when they come up. The blue and purple flowers are especially attractive to bees.  I purposely leave my yard unmowed in the spring.  I have tons of wildflowers on the East side of my property and I let them be as food for the bees.  My holly tree is a bee magnet.  In the early summer, it sounds like the whole tree is buzzing!

 

These are my double Knockout Roses growing around my deck. I have five all total. They are all around five feet tall. I did not prune them this year. They will be a little leggy by fall, but it’s ok. I sprinkle Epsom salts around the base and am rewarded with a ton of blooms!

 

Vegetable Gardens

This is a fenced garden on the backside of our property. It is currently not planted with anything except a few cabbages and some kale from last year. It is next weekends project! It will have kale, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, and garlic.

 

This vegetable garden is also on the rear of the property. My kid’s swingset used to sit right here. It gets great sun during the early day, then is shaded in late afternoon. I used a lasagna garden method to prepare the bed. It has a low fence around it to keep the hens out. We have corn, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, basil, radishes, and several types of lettuce planted in here. Crossing our fingers this blossoms into a great garden!

 

My potato tower….look at them growing! Soon time for a layer of mulch over top of them to make more potatoes!

 

This is my front yard garden. Not the prettiest, but we have high hopes. I installed the fencing around it yesterday due to our roaming and foraging hens! Right now it has strawberry plants, rhubarb, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins and sunflowers planted in it. I planted pole beans on the ends as a treat for the chickens to be able to reach. Hopefully, they won’t eat them all! I will share the progression of this garden as it develops.

Berries/Grapes

 

These are my blackberry canes. There are three of them on the front of my property. Can’t wait to harvest these!

 

I love when nature just does its thing! I think these are wild raspberries. They just up and grew on top of a brush pile near the chicken coop. I’m just letting them grow and we will see what happens!

 

These also grew wild on a stump in the front yard. Look at all those berries!

 

I have twelve blueberries bushes in our front yard. Looks like we are going to have a good blueberry harvest this year….unless the birds get to them before me!

 

I have four grapevines growing on a recycled piece of rebar and posts. I have Muscadines and Red Seedless grapes. This is the first year they are bearing any fruit….super excited!

 

This is a Wolf spider carrying her egg sac. I moved a log in the side garden and out she popped! I nearly died. We try to leave all our little critters, insects and spiders be because they are part of a bigger system.  We have an abundance of bees, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, salamanders and spiders on our property.  We also have four bats that swoop our property every night.  They are a great help with the mosquitos!  Now if only we could do something about the gnats!

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my gardens.  Please leave a comment if you are so inclined and share a link to your garden tour!

 

Sue

 

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