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“Back to the basics” is a term that many in our country seem to be using lately. We all seem to have this yearning for a simple, from-the-earth lifestyle. A homegrown lifestyle is something I pride myself in living. Having a farm, I am constantly curating the yards, adding flowerbeds, extending the vegetable gardens, and creating a vision that never seems to be completed. I mention The Gray Boxwood Farm quite frequently and would like to introduce the area. The farm is located in the great Midwest, amongst rolling hills and spectacular corn and soy bean fields.
I am excited to introduce a new and recurring section of our site: “The Farm”. Here, I will keep you updated on happenings around The Gray Boxwood Farm: how the vegetables are growing, what I am a currently expanding, flowers I am adding, projects that are underway, and tips for keeping up your own yard. Hopefully my farm will inspire you to start or expand your own garden and give you tips and tricks for getting your vegetables to grow more abundantly. I have grown up with generations of farmers and gardeners who have tilled the same land and given me vital advice that I am excited to pass on to you!
Recently, a lot has been happening around The Farm. The vegetable garden is in full swing: lettuce, radishes, mustard greens, and kale seedlings are all bursting through the soil. The herbs have been planted and the cabbages, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are growing rapidly. This week, the starts of tomato and pepper plants were planted, as were the eggplants and zucchini.
Orchard trees are in full bloom, adding an aroma around the farm from the amazing ornamental crab apple trees that is extra inspiring this year.
With the hosta beginning to sprout for the season, I have been busy separating some for smaller starts in areas that require more.
Hosta and ornamental grasses are perfect for separating to create more starts. This way, you do not always have to purchase more!
As you may recall, last fall I decided to move the “kitchen” vegetable garden into a new area. This move also includes a new format: long strips for planting and grass paths in between the beds.
That left me the old garden space vacant and, being the gardener I am, I was immediately inspired to create a new patio in its place! Currently, that area is not much to look at. But it is slowly coming together with the vision I am developing in my head. I picture a serene and very natural pea gravel patio surrounded by ornamental grasses and a wonderful fire pit! I will be sure to keep you posted on my choices and the progress that ensues.
Flowers are springing up all over the place. Their vibrant colors are a pleasure to admire. It’s exciting to know that even more flowers are on their way!
Please follow along as I work on The Farm. I’m sure to make a few mistakes, so let’s learn together! I am always up for a new gardening challenge and will happily admit they do not always turn out as planned. It’s the experience and knowledge gained that truly matters. Stay tuned![hr]
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