This expanse of lawn is our only real “yard.” It’s east of the house and there is more soil here than in the back yard. I wish it were 100% level but I don’t think there’s even a 5′ square patch of level ground on any of our property! I fertilize it every spring and use a broadleaf killer on it to keep dandelions and weeds out, but while it always looks so nice in the spring, by July it always looks a little tired.
Drought! In 2012 we had ample rains in May and early June. So much rain, in fact, that there was no worry about trees or shrubs with deep roots. But flowers and shallow-rooted shrubs, and especially the lawn, started suffering when the last rain occurred on June 7 and then it never rained a drop again till the end of August! It was also so hot!
A few years ago we had our patio more than doubled in size. It only used to come out to those deck posts, but we extended it towards the left. We couldn’t grow grass there very well because it was a narrow strip and hard to mow, and I tried planting flowers there but the soil wasn’t conducive to it. Cement seemed to be the only thing that worked well.
Imagine my surprise in going to the flower bed one day and finding this thing! It looks rather suggestive! It’s actually called a “stinkhorn mushroom.” That drippy black stuff around the top is what stinks!
The garden below is a pain in the butt. Our hayfield in on the right, a trail on the left, and my son’s cornfield in the background. I had to divide flowers that were in the yard because they were spreading all over. I decided to make a strip of flowers here. Sort of stupid, because there’s no way to get water to them, and since this strip of flowers is about 300′ long, it’s a heck of a lot of weeding to do!
I had about 18 blueberry bushes of different varieties in three different locations. There were four of them below the house and they did fairly well, because it was the only area I could get water to, so in the summer of 2015 I had my husband expand that area to accomodate the other bushes. Since there is no level ground here, the bed had to be leveled out by using railroad ties and then hauling in good dirt from elsewhere on the property. It was quite a job. Thank goodness our grandson, Hunter, was here to help!
A collection of photos through the years of our animals, wildlife, family, and farm.