(Swamp Donkey Acres, Northern NH, USA)
My husband and I have a son, four dogs, a cat, 7 free range chickens and a Roo. Our lawn is mostly clover, plantain and dandelion. All of the vegetables need fences or some sort of protection from our naughty, naughty chickens! We don't use any chemicals. Nature balances everything out from year to year and the chickens eat everything else.
Wild blackberries and raspberries and cultivated blueberries creep in around the edge from underneath the maples (that we tap), birch, hemlock, spruce, balsam and beechnut filled trees.
The edge of the driveway gardens are filled with tomato, dill, cucumber, horehound, chicory and sunflower. Beyond is a perennial bed with bee food (bee food = me food), it does have some chives and violets for eating.
The edge of the driveway garden facing the house. We do have several apple trees. The one in this picture flowered late so no Macs this year. The stones to the left provide drainage for the rainy season. Although difficult to see with the light, there are strawberries growing in the rocks. Right now even the little collection pond has water. The birds love their in ground pool.
This is our hugelkultur bed to the left, our beehive, our asparagus bed in the center, an oak tree, more apple trees with horseradish underneath and some Jerusalem artichoke on the right. Sadly the chickens have killed all the corn and beans growing in the beds and all that is left is winter squash.
Just by the porch steps. Another chicken fail. It did have kale but they ate it. Bad chickens. If they keep it up they will become my edible garden! Still has tomato and eggplant in pots along with a Cimicifuga racemosa (Black bugbane) and some marigold.
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