We had a week filled with discoveries this week! Since we moved here int he winter we really had no idea what would pop up in the yard or really what things would be like here at all. We’ve been so busy this week learning all about what is in our yard and what needs to be taken care of! We’ve found some dead trees that will need to be removed in our tree grove and we spent some time cutting down some branches that were overhanging a few of the buildings that we are going to fix up.
I did end up pulling out many of the flower beds around the yard that were close to the house. It was obvious that the previous owners had an issue with wasps and bees around the house as we could tell from the insane amounts of bug sprays we found the in the mudroom so I thought it was best to have the flowers on the outer edges of the yard so we can still benefit from the bees but not have them near the house. A few plants escaped my plant moving tirade though as you can see in the picture above. I actually like the pretty Iris that grew in front of the house though next to my cute water fountain ($2 a rummage sale!) because my mom always had them when I was growing up. 🙂
Now on to all of this week’s finds!
Our garden is filled with all kinds of friends like this guy. Believe it or not I don’t ever remember seeing any toads at our last house. Maybe a few frogs but never any toads. They kind of scare me a bit when I don’t see them and almost step on them in the garden but I know they are just in there doing their job! This is a pic of a rather large friend in my hubby’s hand.
This is our backyard….really 🙂 We still live on the prairie but our little acreage is like an oasis. We feel so lucky to get to live here!
A tiny little bird came and built a nest last week in one of the small trees we planted in the front of the house earlier this spring and this week we found 3 tiny blue eggs. It will be fun to watch them hatch and grow up.
There are many trees in the road ditch here that are being removed because of laws and on a walk last week we found plum trees! Lots and lots of healthy plum trees that were being ripped out and burned in the field across from us. So a few have now safely been transplanted into our tree grove and I’m looking forward to canning plums just like my Granny used to!
Another discovery we made was a rather large asparagus patch in our yard. Unfortunately I didn’t find it in time to harvest this batch but now I know where it is for next time! It seems to be a nice healthy patch and I’m very much looking forward to some grilled asparagus!
The tree we thought might be an apple tree in the front yard (or a crabapple tree) has started to produce some apples this week so I think we have our answer. We spent all winter wondering what on earth that tree was (it’s very old and very bushy…looks nothing like an apple tree!) and I’m glad we finally solved the mystery.
This picture is my favorite picture of the week though. This little garden surprise made my whole month better! Back west in the place where we used to live, the first week of June was when I would first plant my seeds in the ground and move my starts outside. Now here we are at our new place, the first week of June and I HAVE TOMATOES! Not many yet and they aren’t close to ready but there they are! Am I the only one that finds this ridiculously exciting? I know you southern gardeners are laughing at me…. 😉
And of course, don’t forget that it’s Deals Friday! You can find the latest and best deals that I discovered this week like free ebooks, educational freebies, Cookbook Digest for 72% off and more over on the Daily Deals Page.
What did you discover around your homestead this week?