Just wanted to give you a little insight into my little piece of paradise.
I have had chickens for the past 6 years since buying our home that sits on a little less then 3-acre's as it was all we could afford or we would of loved to have owned more acreage...that same year we added 1-plum and 1-peach tree with a few blackberry bushes (they died:( btw) had my dh build me a couple raised beds but soon realized I needed to fence in our garden as our chickens free ranged and from that point on our little homestead grew into more then I could of pictured.
I bought a greenhouse using my bonus money from work..made several cinderblock beds (couldn't afford to buy cedar wood) then my dh used whatever he could salvage from our property to build the fence..( we did need to buy some t-posts and the wire fencing that surrounds my garden) with the greenhouse in the middle of the raised beds..I dedicated some of the beds for our perennial edibles which is a couple asparagus patches, a herb garden, a mint garden, sun chokes, walking onions and a strawberry bed..around the inside of the fence I planted several grape vines, several rhubarb plants, a yarrow and for some color some irises that I got on clearance last year at Tractor Supply for $1.50 and many very old purple ones from my 83- yr old MIL's yard and a comfrey plant that I also dug up at my MIL's..one of the raised beds is shaped like a T and one part is a 2-cinderblock high raised bed that homes 4-blueberry bushes with some strawberry plants that jumped their beds and needed to be placed somewhere..they are thriving so I must of done something right.
We have pear, peach, plum, sour cherry, sweet cherry, apple, juneberry, mulberry trees in our fruit orchard 24- trees in total so far...on the outside of the fenced in garden we have 1-black current, 2- juneberry and 7-elderberry bushes.
Planted blackberry, raspberry, white raspberry, blueberry, pink lemon aid blueberry, gooseberry..over 80 plants and growing new canes every year.
Just this year I finally got smart and planted some herbs that I could step outside and pick instead of walking to the garden.. oregano sage, chives, thyme and marjoram perennial herbs around our newly built front deck (my dad paid for it as a overdue house warming present.. I call it our forever present..lol.) mixed in with day lilies, cheyanne echinacea,, irises ,lemon balm, peppermint and spearmint..
I plant medicinal's but have only made a tincture using our elderberries.. I planted yarrow, bee balm, echinacea, comfrey, lambs ears, horseradish, comfrey.chamomile so far.
We have many wild edibles growing on our property like fiddleheads, nettles, wild onion, wild garlic, wild grapes, dandelions, wild black raspberries, lambs quarters, burdock, hens of the woods.
We have a maple tree and sycamore tree that we can tap to make maple syrup.
I learned that you can eat hosta's..I have many planted around our property that I bought on clearance for a $1.00 each and some my Aunt gave me.
We have a acorn tree, pine trees and white burch that has medicinal and edible uses.
I made dandelion wine last year that is absolutely delicious AND will kick your butt..lol..can't wait until spring to pick all the untainted dandelions I can find to make as many gallons of wine I can put up..
I also made my own comfrey & dandelion salve's..
My son made us stinging nettle pesto that was better tasting then basil pesto from nettles growing in my strawberry patch.
I made all our jam from picking blackcaps (aka black raspberry) that we have growing on our property, on my dads property which is up the road from me...if you have never tried blackcap jam or jelly you don't know what your missing..this is coming from someone who was brought up on smuckers concord grape jam.
I'm self taught by watching youtube to pressure can, dehydrate and water bath can...
I'm alway's striving to learn something new to grow, or preserve.
I love my little piece of paradise.