Pollinator garden update!

We had a nice load of wood chips dropped off here at by a tree trimming service that was working in town!

That’s a lot of mulch! 

I finished up the pollinator hotel this week and the Mr. was able to put it in a great location with lots of sun!

I mostly spent my time putting down weed paper and making walkways! I’m pretty sure that my neighbors think that I have lost my mind at this point!

Walkway to the right and another flower bed to the left 

It’s not a huge place, but the pollinators and I am going to love it!

Top view! 

I’m going to plant some sunflowers along the fence! Hopefully they grow ok! And, I’m going to put some nasturtiums in those hanging baskets.

Woodchips spread and the chickens are behind that door! 

And those hooks were hand crafted by my favorite blacksmith! They are still beautiful!

I love the shadow it casts! 
I love the simplicity of this one! 

And here’s the upcycled birdbath that the Mr. put together!

I’m hoping the birds like it! 

I still need to get a lot more compost and hope that the seeds that I started will come up! This is going to be a mix of mostly native plants, but also other non-native varieties. There will not be any invasive species! Just trying to give the birds, bees and butterflies a nice pollen and nectar source! And, I’m hoping to eventually have a certified wildlife habitat!

Seedlings are popping up!!

It is starting to get more plant-y here! I haven’t put much in the soil yet, but what I did start this early is starting to pop up! I  was so excited to see that my first pepper plant was already up through the soil!

Golden cal (orange sweet pepper) 

And I had no intentions on growing onions from seed, but when I got the Walla Walla onion seeds in a swap… they just ended up in the soil!

Onion seedlings! 

This weekend will hopefully not be bitterly cold, so that I can start putting down cardboard and wood chips to kill back the grass in the pollinator area. We are lucky to know lots of tree trimmers!

Big pile of wood chips! 

And inside the house my African violet has finally bloomed! This baby started off as a single leaf cut from a plant with rooting hormone put on it! Now, it’s a full grown and beautiful plant!

A year and a half waiting for this bloom! 

Over the past couple days, I have really been wanting to get outside and do something in the garden.  But, I’ve had a nasty cold and the weather has been feeezing! So, I decided that I would work on some seed tape instead! I will have to make a tutorial on that soon! And I will post back how well it works!

Seed tape! (Carrots) 

And here is a preview of the top portion of my insect hotel:

Isn’t it beautiful?! 

We used knotweed that is growing by a creek here and some drilled out branches that I pulled out of the woods. A lot of work, but $0!

And lastly, I just noticed this saying on the back of the migardener seeds:

Grow big or go home! 

Im planning on growing big with the garden expansion that we are working on! Are you planning on growing big this year?! Whether you are or are not, keep blooming!

Worker bee me last week!

Last week the Mr. was on late shift, so I decided to get some work accomplished around here! Everything from crafting to gardening!

Monday evening: hemmed pants and sewed patches on

A lot of sewing! (And I really dislike hemming pants!) 

Tuesday: finished crocheting some baby chicks for Easter!


Wednesday: starting the cutting for the camper cushions and redecorated the chalkboard!

So ready for spring! 

Thursday: the boy stamped our seed packets for the local seed swap and I started working on recovering all of those camper cushions!

The seeds that we took to the swap! 

Friday: I finished recovering all of the cushions and they look beautiful!

Easier than I thought it would be! 

Saturday: I took down all of the garden fencing and moved the compost bin to the chicken area!

Bye bye fence! Hello garden expansion! 

Sunday: I started working on filling the pollinator hotel with knot weed and drilled fallen tree limbs.

Pollinator hotel

I also started lots of herbs and flowers in the tiny greenhouse

I hope that they grow well! 

I have some seeds in milk jugs to get started!

Winter sowing some marigolds

And I hung out with my momma and went to the local seed swap! I donated 15 packs of seeds and brought home a few!

Brought home zinnia, nasturtiums, bee food blend, birds egg beans and golden zucchini

And, we played uno almost every night!

I ❤️ That the teen wants to play a game with me! 

And this week, I’m not feeling that ambitious! But, some exciting things are going to be happening in the weeks to come here at the homestead! We are definitely blooming where we are planted! 🌱💚