Five months ago we visited a local rock quarry and built ourselves a rock wall...
...we also planted a new lawn, but fall slipped away and we never finished our project. Now that spring is just around the corner, we've got to dig everything out of this bed, fill it with soil, and then replant. We'll likely lose the bulbs that have poked their noses through already, but it's a job that simply needs to be done and the sunny weather forecasted for this weekend means it's time! (I'll share pics, I promise, when it's all done!)
Deer. What can we do? We live in the forest!! Our fruit trees are protected with fencing, and the vegetable garden is surrounded with deer fencing as well, but the herb and flower gardens are not. Dan thinks that if we get a dog that will keep them away (and if we get a dog our AnnaLynn would be thrilled!)... Stay tuned on this one.
In order: oregano, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender. Not pictured is garlic, echinacea, and stevia. Our herb garden has been cleaned up, plants have been pruned, and all that's left to do is to add additional soil to our raised beds. I'll be adding more lavender this spring, too (one of the few herbs the deer don't mess with)! The metal hoops we cover with bird netting which helps keep the deer from nibbling, but it's not always successful as the local deer can be rather clever. :)
The northwest corner of our house which needs some serious attention...
...and our back deck which also needs to be finished. The plan is to build stairs along the open edge down to the lawn.
Daffodils in waiting...
So, so much to do! Slowly, but surely, and project by project, the work is being completed. The satisfaction of seeing the 2.5 acre slice of wilderness we purchased just ten years ago become a productive little homestead is priceless.
Truly happy in Dole Valley,
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