Expanding Gardens for More Herbs!

Spring, lovely Spring! We wait all winter long for this time of year, well at least I do. I was just itching to get out and dig, plant and harvest and just enjoy the sights and sounds of Springtime!

This year, we are growing more, hopefully 🙂 My neighbor came over with his tractor and tilled up a giant section in the herb garden for a few rows and my hubby helped me make the rows and get rid of giant clumps. Actually John did most of the making of the rows – he is better at it, a perfectionist I might add. Each row is about 35 feet long and 2 feet wide -woohoo!

garden john

garden john2

thunder
Thunder Pookie “helping”

new rows

My interns and I planted 40 calendula plants, 4 ashwagandha, 4 hibiscus roselle – all in the rows and huckleberries, stevia, quinoa, spilanthes(toothache plant) and echinacea in various raised beds and wild areas. I cannot wait til they grow!!!

garden

burdock
Burdock
lilly bed
Lillies and stuff
purple homestead verbena
first blooms in the butterfly garden – purple homestead verbena taking over!!!
comfrey
Faithful comfrey always keeping on giving 🙂

Seeds were started for arugula, skullcap, sage, borage, lettuce, marshmallow, nastursiums and more. I am not good at seed starting so I figured between me, Stephanie and Brooke, two of my three interns, we should have a good shot at it. They can help me remember to check on them and thin when necessary. Keep your fingers crossed!

Many of the plants I get are started by local friends – ❤ Friends that grow things very well from seeds! New plants go into the raised boxes until I know they can succeed with my sometimes neglect. Any that have to be pampered don’t get to stay. I know that’s mean but besides tending to the plants, I have to take care of critters, teach classes, prepare for classes, making product, delivering products, doing event, yada yada yada and of course take care of the family! I love plants that are naturally strong and perennials to boot.

I also started new mushrooms – trying Oyster mushrooms this time around. We shall see if they grow. I did them on straw in bags and in buckets. A teeny, tiny one is growing out of the straw – hope it will become a big bunch!!!!

oyster

Sorry a bit blurry!

More thing growing coming soon!

Have a beautiful, peaceful day today,

Anne-Marie

 

 

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  1. Great to hear about your ambitions. Doing an adrenal boost now using ashwagandha I got online, I think Iherb.com, starting a bee hive this year for first time and raising many more chickens than ever before. Me using a cane and not as able as once was, too. (Motorcycle accident).Hope to join Lady’s homesteading of East Walton this year. Love to go on the herb walk in June. Garden will really be going then so we’ll see. Suzanna Cantley, 2810 Broach Spur(in Gratis), Monroe

    On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 11:44 AM, Bella Vista Farm wrote:

    > bellavistafarm posted: “Spring, lovely Spring! We wait all winter long for > this time of year, well at least I do. I was just itching to get out and > dig, plant and harvest and just enjoy the sights and sounds of Springtime! > This year, we are growing more, hopefully 🙂 My neighbo” >

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