The prairies encompass everything I love. The quiet, distant sounds that calm; the open air that inspires; the smells that bring comfort, and the sunshine that warms me. My Prairie Story is about sharing all the good things that have been instilled in me growing up and living on the prairies - my new and old family recipes, nurturing my homegrown garden, making my house a home, getting away to our cabin at the lake, and just keeping up with life! ~ Alison Zulyniak
After the rain we've had the last few days, my yard has been too wet to get out and do any more planting or work. So I've been indoors studying my yard plan and assessing what to work on next.
When we first moved onto this property I had the local garden centre, Shelmerdine, come out and identify all the existing trees, shrubs and plants, and subsequently draw up a master plan that I can work towards. This really helped me to understand what plants would thrive in my prairie yard, ones that deter deer and other little prairie visitors, and as well provide additional privacy and wind block.
The above is roughly the front half of the yard plan, which is mostly consists of beds for additional trees, shrubs and perennials. The back half of the yard will be mostly trees, fruit and vegetable gardens. By no means do I expect to get this all done anytime soon, but every year I'll chip away at my 2.5 acres.
Shelmerdine's charged a small fee to come out, consult and review the plan with me. Money WELL spent!