We’ve had a busy summer- what’s new? That’s a rhetorical question! Along with completing the new barn which I’ll detail in a future post, we did massive amounts of clearing including the east and south side of our house.
We’ve got a pretty sweet landscape set up in the front (north side) and a back patio on the east but there were areas that we just basically never got to in the last twenty years. It’s been really amazing getting so much light on the south side. duh. Having built our home twenty years ago, I think partly the trees have grown a lot and partly I didn’t know better when siting the house.
Here’s our back porch on the east side- above the stonewall is a cover crop of buckwheat.
Our plan is to do raised beds and bring the kitchen garden, well, closer to the kitchen! Like out the back door. I’d love to see this happen next year but it will depend on the soil condition. We may have to ‘grow” soil the first year.
Here’s the ‘before’ from the upstairs back porch.
And the after…
There are patches of buckwheat that haven’t grown well due to root systems and parts do to the back scratching on the ground of pictured pooch. Ollie’s studio would be to the left of this photo.
Here’s a glimpse of our kitchen windows and the studio where all the music magic happens.
The backdrop is called Mt Pickett
We are developing the south side as well which will be primarily fruit trees of various sorts.
It was a rather emotional watching the clearing. Otis wasn’t too disturbed however.
And from above- not as bright a day:)
And a photo from the west side. I’d love to create gardens all around with lovely nooks and pathways. Then I am gently reminded by my loved one to be careful what you wish for and what you create as it will need to be nurtured and maintained. We are already nurturing quite a lot on this property. Ourselves included.
Downstairs here on the left is Chloe’s room which may evolve into a rentable room for farm stay adventures. I imagine a darling courtyard for sipping tea and daydreaming on flowers and fruits.
Something like what’s happening on the north side which is our entry. My dear daughter, Chloe landscaped this summer and we reaped the benefits.
And our kitty Luna likes to daydream in gardens too- and catnap.
Now the rains may have set in… there are very few apples this year so likely little in the way of cider, cider vinegar or applesauce. Quel dommage…
but I’m already planning for next year’s gardens.