Two years on the farm

8.14.2022 — While we closed on the property in mid July 2020, we spent only four days receiving and unpacking household goods. The outdoor work of taming undergrowth and starting projects started two years ago in August 2020. Here’s a condensed version about the farm and some of the projects we have worked on the last two years. It really is endless fun.

Clearing the backyard.

August 2020: The wisteria and privets had been creeping towards the house. Dense growth about the 20 feet away from the house was basically a very tall, green wall.

August 2022: We can now see through to the small pasture and the trees are thriving with more light.

The bridge spans the gully that runs behind our house. It’s our shortcut to Nadine’s pasture. Tony worked on this bridge from December 2020 to February 2021.

April 2022: We wanted a more stable way to get to our bridge. Tony built Little Horseshoe Steps which is named for the little horseshoe he found while digging out the steps. I have planted some kitchen herbs on each side of the steps.

December 2021: I put together a greenhouse from Costco, which required me to order a second greenhouse because the first set was missing so many parts. It was adequate shelter for camellias and peonies but not for vegetables…hopefully I will do better in winter 2022-2023.

Fall 2021: I love to drink tea and the pond builder suggested I grow a Tea Garden. By Christmas 2021 we had placed them in some well draining shade.

July 2022: However, the tea plants did not seem very happy in their garden. We have moved the plants to an area near the greenhouse.

September 2021: Since we have been battling invasive for months, we feel somewhat justified planting our own invasive plants. We’re growing a smallish Bamboo Grove with Moss bamboo, the variety found in Kyoto’s Arashiyama Grove.

Clearing Bradford Pears and Privets We spent much of early 2021 clearing forests of privets and getting rid of the Bradford pear trees that bloomed early spring. In the process we lightened the forest line separating the front pasture and Nadine’s pasture…uncovered the 1916 barn…and cleared the area for our chicken coop.

Uncovering the 1916 Barn

August 2022: Chicken Coop

Tony would like to build a one room log cabin here someday….

Hayfields and agricultural experiments…We have about 23 acres of hay that gets cut twice a year.

Our vegetable garden used to be a chicken run, then a dog run and we decided to use it as a deer proof garden. I am still learning what plants work well and what to plant when.

We have planted several Fruit Trees which the deer and insects have enjoyed. We did get to sample a few peaches.

July 2022: We finished OP Larry in the back pasture. OP Larry is a hybrid observation post, hunting stand and treehouse. It’s one of the most relaxing spots on our farm.

Plenty of animals and insects on a farm…bobcat, coyote, fox, deer, skunk, opossum, raccoon, weasel, rabbit, hawk, buzzard, groundhog…

We also have some smaller scale gardens. We have a side garden with peonies we transported from Minnesota and camellias purchased in North Carolina.

Azalea & Japanese Maple garden

Building a new koi pond

This has been a very long term project…

May 2021

March 2022

July 2022 – work is unacceptable…new panels being produced and inbound late September

About the Barn

There is a barn on our property which is a late 1700s barn with an outer barn built around it to protect it. The old barn was transported from Iredell County and reassembled on the property by the former owners.

Home Sweet Home…

What the former owners found when they purchased the property

and what we enjoy…