ballentine spence house, getting ready for spring garden, installing a garden fence, new winter gardening ideas, selecting blueberry bushes, selecting fruit bearing trees, southern gardening news, starting a worm farm
We have been so busy working on the inside and outside of the Ballentine-Spence House that our gardens have sadly been neglected. But, we have exciting plans to remedy this oversight!
This past spring we planted two peach trees and two blackberry bushes in the rear garden areas.
We have also been trying our hand at winter lettuce, onions, and broccoli. So far, mother nature has claimed more back to her good earth that we have been able to fully cultivate. Creativity has been the root of all success in our gardens so far; from re-purposing our daughters terrarium to using every jar we could get our hands on, just to help each plant survive and flourish.
No garden is complete without friends. I would like to thank our wonderful neighbors Brandy Taylor and Patty Byrne for sharing their gardening books, words of experience and delicious seeds with us.
We are learning about the beauty and practicality of fences when it comes to hungry little critters during winter. We are also learning about protection from too much rain and too much cold.
Our future plans include:
- re-grading the earth around the homestead for better water flow and management
- installing a fence to protect the gardens
- selecting fruit bearing trees for our new side orchard
- selecting blueberry and raspberry bushes for the back garden areas
- starting a worm farm (vermiculture)
- Continue growing our composting efforts
- enjoying the gardens
We are growing new seedlings every two weeks and will hopefully have a full garden by spring! Gardening has been a way for us to spend quality time offline, filling our lungs with fresh air, learning new skills, and providing us with healthy treats.