These are two Zone 1 gardens that are closest to our house and that we use most often. One is fenced in an area of about 40'x30', and the other is comprised of six 4x16' cedar beds outside the main house garden area. In these areas, we grow various herbs such as rosemary, thyme, different basil varieties, dill, chamomile, oregano and stinging nettle, but also blackberries, raspberries, honey berries, cherry plums, apples, shipova (a cross between the European pear and rowanberry), goumi berries, gooseberries, peppermint, spearmint, anise hyssop, beans, peas, tomatoes, onions, carrots, melons, sunflowers and much more! These gardens are a favorite for our chickens, and they are a wonderful clean-up crew come late fall.
Our House Gardens area (before goats). It was originally mowed lawn and a playground with a few stray buckthorn, wild cherry trees, honeysuckle and elms.
House Gardens #1, Zone 1
Original fenced 30' x 40' raised cedar bed garden. Sunflowers are my favorite (although the goats try their best to destroy them through the fence!)
Beans, beans and more beans!!
House Gardens #2, Zone 1
Stinging Nettle and Yarrow, winding through Gooseberries!
Cherry Plum trees in bloom! They make wonderful jam!
Raspberries gone wild! Our favorite is the golden variety!
Cherry Plums mixed with perennials.
Tomatoes woven into gooseberries!
Shipova tree surrounded by honey berries.
Shipova tree in a hugel bed.
Our House Garden 16' beds, with a base of goat manure and chicken shavings that developed into wonderful compost!
“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments." Janet Kilburn Phillips