It has been awhile since I updated what is growing in the garden and the woods and any critter news so I went out and took some new pictures to SHOW you what’s happening! 🙂

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I tried a few new medicinal plants this years, some worked and some not so good. I am not the best grower, it really has to be able to survive without pampering. I mean, I can’t help it, I just FORGET to water or weed sometimes. I realized tomatoes just do ok for me so I grow just a few plants now and trade for the rest. Hot peppers, easy but I have no idea what happened to the bell pepper plants…they were there but they didn’t make it. The okra….w–e-l-l I wasn’t sure when to pick it being the first year so they got a mind of their own, overnight I might add and they grew to like 4″ long. Oh well not so good to eat at that stage. So someone gave me this fabulous idea to let them dry on the plant, paint them and make santa Christmas ornaments – woohoo!!!

dried okra pods
dried okra pods

I CAN grow lemon balm, lemon grass, oregano, sweet basil, holy basil, stevia, chamomile, butterfly bushes, anise hyssop, comfrey, sorrel, lettuce, cabbage, stinging nettle, collards, burdock and oh yeah sunflowers BUT the darn squirrels came and took ALL OF THE FLOWER HEADS when they were going to the seed stage. UGGHHHHHH.

burdock, lemon balm, holy basil
burdock, lemon balm, holy basil
butterfly bush & anise hyssop
butterfly bush & anise hyssop
lemongrass
lemongrass
lettuce and napa cabbage
lettuce and napa cabbage

This week, I will be harvesting all of the nettle, basils and lemon balm – big work a head for me.

lemon balm
lemon balm
holy basil
holy basil
stinging nettle
stinging nettle

Here are my shiitakes! LOVE them – again easy peasy to grow.

Shiitake logs
Shiitake logs
Mmmmm shiitakes!!
Mmmmm shiitakes!!

We did lose our beloved dog, Lightning earlier this month at the ripe old age of 14. It is very sad losing one of our critters especially one we have had since a pup. 20140528_063549

She was loved by all and is missed very much by us and her furry companions Luke, our boxer/lab mix and our two cats. Critters must get along on our homestead, it is the way it always was here and always will be. Not quite sure how it happens that way but it really is cool to see all of them coexist, hanging out together. Like a regular land of Dr. Doolittle. 🙂

Socks kitty, Luke and Zoey(visiting)
Socks kitty, Luke and Zoey(visiting)

Currently we have 8 chickens and none, I mean non are laying eggs. What happened? I go out everyday to check, sometimes I get one, just one and we used to get 5-6 a day. Two hens are young so they aren’t ready yet and the others went through the molting stage, when they lose feathers everywhere and I do know they don’t lay during that time. Hopefully I can get some eggs soon or they won’t get anymore pizza scraps, veggies, sourdough bread or spaghetti. You ever see chickens eat spaghetti or pizza – they go nuts!

2 of the Brady girls.
2 of the Brady girls.

Herbal classes each month with Herb Walks and Making Medicines –

Backyard Medicinal Workshop June
Backyard Medicinal Workshop June
Backyard Medicinal Workshop September
Backyard Medicinal Workshop September

Well that’s what is happening on the farm!

Have a wonderful day,

Anne-Marie

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