Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just a Peek...

Into my world these days...When we left the farm for nearly a month this summer,
I knew when we came back there was going to be some work to do. 
What I did not know was how much time and energy this work
would take but now that we are getting closer to the finish line
I am starting to enjoy the fruits of our labor,
along with seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

I'll just give you a glimpse into part of what is happening on the farm.
Our front yard!

We have moved into the front...
In our continued desire for sustainability and our need to provide
fruit for our growing jam production.
 I designed our edible landscape to look like any other traditional front yard,
just using edible trees and plants in a non traditional manner.
I also wanted to use some salvage pieces that I have collected through the years.
our front entry and gate
(found at Sweet Salvage, of course)

After putting in our hard scape, we now have 18 fruit trees out front,
including plums, peaches, apricots, and apple.
And next month when the bare root fruit trees come in, we will plant at least 8 more
as a fruit tree hedge.
 Plenty of roses, (food for the soul and for our rose petal jelly),
herbs, artichokes, cabbages, lettuces, blackberries were planted.
our new farm entrance for events and tours.
(and yes, this gate is from Sweet Salvage too)
We've almost completed the front yard, just a few more details to finish up,
and our new and improved chicken coop is almost done too. 
I'll give you a tour of both when we are done.
Hope you are enjoying the beauty of the season!


  1. Dearest Caroline,
    Indeed, such plans are great but to execute them at times looks overwhelming. You did a great job on the gates and the brick walk way! Fruit trees for your region are a great option; we've tried ALL but gave up. The south east is way too harsh and the soil has such poor water holding capacity... It says something if the son and daughter of a Dutch market gardener give up on fruits and veggies. But we enjoy our trees and have started all over again with roses after two years of drought. Right now we're also working our tail off for getting a renovation done. Not much time for the Christmas season; at least not for 2012...
    Hugs to you and you can feel very proud of both of you!

  2. The salvage gates are great. Just think of all that fruit that will be hanging from the trees. I will be excited to see them mature.

  3. Wow Caroline you have been hard at work. You're going to love all the fruit trees we have several and love them. You do so much more with your fruit but it's great to walk across our lawn and pick something off a tree and be able to eat it.Dyllan dog loves eating the fruit that's fallen to the ground too.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Oh, my... hard work truly pays-off, what a delightful entrance! I would dearly love to visit your farm & take in all the wonderful sights, BUT for now I will visit you here!

    Hoping you a GLORIOUS day!

    Pamela from Kentucky

  5. I love to see edible plants incorporated into the landscape. Glad you are digging your way out of the tunnel...just in time for Christmas!

    Cindy Bee

    1. That's right Cindy Bee! Out of the frying pan and into the fryer. :) It is finally beginning to feel like Christmas here!

  6. Wow, it looks like any other garden! I don't even see the trees, the gates are beautiful. Would love to see more....
    OUr little "orchard" in the side yard with two apples, a quince (I am such a fan!), an apricot and a peach was a fairly good producer this year. Your redoing the front is most intriguing.

  7. Love the winding path to the house. I cannot wait to see your new coop. Please share soon!! Happy gardening. I am actually still picking cherry tomatoes from volunteers that came up this fall.

  8. I have been following your blog for quite awhile after just happening upon one of your garden markets one day last year and we just moved in down the street from you on Coolidge last month and was able to watch your front yard transformation take place. It looks so lovely!! You are such a great inspiration for me. :)

  9. I just found your site, and I'm so happy I did! I adore your path and salvaged gate--simply lovely. We've added several fruit trees, and I plan to add more this year. Right now, I'm working on forest paths and incorporating edibles into shade gardens. So many plans, so few hours in the day! Look forward to visiting often. Cheers!

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    Have a great week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se


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