That sounds really great! I'm excited but right now I have nowhere to garden! Waa!
We are getting ready (God willing!) to move to a 4.6 acre property, but we won't actually be moving before mid-May I suspect.
I am actually kinda nervous, because we really want to go all out and grow a veggie garden, plant new trees and bushes, and of course lots of flowers and bird friendly plants! We live in South central TX and our property is completly covered with cedar trees-these are considered weeds to be eliminated down here, they cause major allergy attacks for a lot of us, myself included! But we've been told our soil is very good, which is rare down here-I hope they are right!
Anyway I don't have what you'd call a green thumb, sigh. More like a mottled green and brown, I'd say, lol! But I so want to learn!! I have no idea where to start. I got a book from the library called Tough as Nails Flowers for the South (I think thats it) and it's got some great ideas. I would love to start maybe growing some seedlings now to transplant when we move, but I am not sure how to begin! I have a lot of research to do! Right now I'm hoping to plant some lantana (practically un-killable), mountain laurel trees (from my mothers yard), and maybe some nandina bushes which I can probably dig up around this yard. The birds eat the berries on them and "plant" new ones all the time, so there's plenty popping up here and there that I'm pretty sure our land lady won't mind if we take.
We are even thinking of starting some honey bee farming, on a very small scale. Again we have no experience, but I've heard my current landlady's brother is experienced in bee keeping (he lives next door to us right now) and would be willing to answer questions and offer advice. We have a bee hive in our back yard now and she said we could move it (obviously we will hire somebody for the job, the hive is about a hundred feet up in a giant oak tree!) if we want.
It'll be great to get the kids involved, too. With three boys I should have lots of help! And our two yrold dd will be in heaven, running around outside (her all-time favorite activity, next to tormenting her 3 older bros that is, lol)
I'd love to hear what exactly you're going to plant, I can live vicariously at least, lol! And any free advice would be greatly appreciated. It must be fun to own a nursery, I think that would be a very rewarding business.