I used to have beautiful gardens. I must have spent a fortune on flowers. Pulling weeds and making everything neat and tidy. Now my gardens are my fields. I plant any seed I can get my hands on and let them grow tall and wild before introducing animals to the mix. And I love these flowering diverse communities of plants that grow in my fields.
Every year there are more of my flowering wild fields. I know there are people here who see them and their fingers positively ITCH to get a mower in there and tidy them up. But anyone who touches these little fields of wildness before I say so will be DIVORCED on the spot.
This is Manu’s field and will be late late summer feed for the cows.
These pigs have a beautiful garden waiting for them too. Just as soon as they settle. I might start the electric fence today.
Thirty more bales in the barn yesterday. All beautiful bales. Now I will scrounge about for some seed money and buy the organic alfalfa seed then John and his little seed drill out in the newly mown grass hay field – get that planted up. Another big job crossed off.
The Swamp Field was planted last week in a cover crop of beans and there are a few sprouting already. Let’s hope the weather co-operates so we can get this crop tilled back in and a crop of wheat sown in September.
The weather is clear and warm with low humidity. Highs still in the 80’s. After such a rough start we are having a gorgeous summer.
I love the fields with the flowers growing as they like
And so restful to be around / once we allow ourselves to embrace the wildness
I love those wild flowering fields. So fantastic that you are finally starting your organic crops. May they all grow from strength to strength. We in the Southern hemisphere are counting down the days to our spring and summer. Tired of brown parched gardens and fields. Hoping we get rain this season. Laura
Yes! Rain would be good.
As I mentioned, the characters in Kingsolver’s ‘Prodigal Summer’ remind me of you. This post could have been taken right out of the book. Character: Nannie Land Rawley. You’ll see…
Dying to read it. In fact I will switch over and order it right now.
That book does remind me of Cecelia also
Yes, Nannie is represented well in Cecilia in the flesh! I’m a huge Kingsolver fan, especially the nonfiction ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.’
Next on my reading list then. I love her too. Sees the world the way it needs to be seen.
I think wild is beautiful. And thinking about having rotating fields with continual grazing – it’s something we’re looking toward here too. I admire all that you’ve done, and how you’ve forged forward to make it all happen. I hope you’re getting a little break from the heat like we are lately. It’s been brutal down here with triple digits!
Yes! We are in the 80’s. It is perfect!!
Your pig flower garden was stunning last year – it deserved to win an award. Those babies look wonderfully content sleeping with Poppy.
A pig garden trophy!
First prize with distinction!
Just wondering if Manu will stay on the farmy as you are cutting back on the breeding of Poppy. xo
I love driving in the country and seeing all of the.wild flowers. They are so beautiful!
I do admire your fierce defence of the wilderness you have created. So easy to undo that lavish diversity with cultivation.
Nature is so fragile. And I have so many more birds and butterflies this year too – many many more butterflies!
I thought Manu was off the farm.
Wild fields yes!
Yes – but we still call it Manu’s Field
Long and straight vs. wild and free – what a fantastic visual contrast! And then, of course, there are the chubby sleepyheads! – Indescribable!
Aren’t they healthy looking! They are getting a really good start
We had to cut down some trees to make a new septic field at our cottage in a woods on the lake – planted some wildflowers in there but the natural wildflowers have taken over and the area is abundant with bees and butterflies! The deer are eating the daisies and coneflowers but I don’t mind!!
YAY for the hay! and I cannot wait to see the little piggies running free!!!!
You still have beautiful gardens… biodiversity rules 🐦🦋🐜🐝🐞🐉
Love those cows relaxing in the shade of all those trees. I take you at your word that the piglets are wild, but they look pretty calm in this photo! 😄xx
They are calming down fast now that there is so much traffic passing them by. I love the cows in the shade too.
I would think you would quickly go mad trying to keep up with the weeds around your place.
I would say that you still have beautiful gardens… on a Grand Scale! The fact that they’re also planned feed (and natural medicine!) for your livestock is a wonderful bonus: )