Category: Forest Garden

Autumn pictures

Autumn pictures

This afternoon was beautiful, chilly, but beautiful and I got a chance to take some autumn pictures of two of my three. The set up was simple, a stump, two small pumpkins (they were buy 1 get 1 free today!), two mums, our birdbath, our forest garden and the sun streaming through the trees! I’m so pleased with how the pictures turned out, but out of respect for my children, I am only posting those without faces.

The battle continues

The battle continues

More Japanese Barberry is gone and the Nightshade has been safely removed! We started working on the root systems which run so very deep. I found the source of one of our water issues and decided I’m going to create a small stream lined with rocks to redirect it away from the cabin. I placed the birdbath where it will remain. Today was beautiful with a breeze and the sun shining through the leaves of the woods. These pictures are from several different days.

That is a root that ran underground (Loki thinks it’s a chew toy)

They have a supervisor!

She is cleaning out all the downed trees and branches

He loves having bare feet and looking for worms 🙂

Grasshopper put my little gargoyle in with my spider plant 🙂

I think the birdbath looks great in the spot Ladybug picked!  Boy was it heavy to move!

I love wind chimes.

Favorite reading spot!

Japanese Barberry…. oh how I dislike thee

Japanese Barberry…. oh how I dislike thee

When we first purchased our little piece of heaven on earth in 2016, we regularly came to just explore and see what was growing here. I have always loved plants, so it was exciting to see the treasures that were here. One plant caught my attention, at first I thought it was great. It was a beautiful green color and had these bright red berries and it was everywhere! Later I was to discover, much to my dismay, that it is an invasive non-native plant that harbors ticks and endangers natural native vegetation. Japanese Barberry is it’s name and sadly, dispute warnings of the dangers of this invasive shrub, it is still sold in nurseries and used by landscaping companies. It is already banned in a few states, but backlash from nurseries has slowed effects to ban it in others.

This is the main plant we have been working to eradicate from our yard. It has spines (thorns) and very strong roots (we broke 2 fiberglass shovels in 2 days), so it’s a struggle and considering how much we have, it will take years to really get the problem under control. But for now, we are doing what we can and the forest is looking great!

Where she is hoping to put in a small pond to collect the natural flowing water that currently causes problems near the cabin.

The path the water comes down.  The amount changes with the seasons and rain, but there always seems to be at least a trickle.

The massive pile of mostly barberry that we removed yesterday.  Today I moved it from this spot to a spot where we will safely burn it.

After the pile was gone.  There is a new pile forming 🙂

Progress!

Forest garden

Forest garden

I don’t think my 18 year old has named it yet, but we were hard at work on her forest garden this afternoon. Once I made a dent in the thorns, she took over and really got a good bit done. She has been working for days now moving flat rocks that she is finding on one part of our property to this forest area to create a walking path. The path will meander through the forest, over a bridge that will cross a small natural spring, to a swing. She is going to plant native plants that will feed the local birds and wildlife. She also wants our help building bat houses, birdhouses, and falcon houses that she will place throughout the forest garden high up to where the wildlife will natural feel comfortable using them. It’s a big projects, but she is very excited! We all are excited to see what she accomplishes with the space.