We had a lot of rain in Spring. The flowers and plants enjoyed the wet season and produced an abundance of flowers in June. This year we have a new wildflower garden, iris garden and black eyed Susan garden
The blackberries and raspberries are starting to come in and the tomato plants are heavy with tomatoes. This year we have planted bush green beans, butternut squash, zucchini, more asparagus, onion, garlic and tomatoes. Phill loves to use fresh vegetables and fruits, from the garden, in his cooking.
In July, we will have 30-40 goats grazing in the forest reserve. This is an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of the invasive species in the forest. The Oriental rose, commonly known as the wild rose, was used during WW2 as an alternative to traditional fencing. Unfortunately that was a bad idea, and the rose has invaded Iowa lands preventing native plants from flourishing. The goats love to eat the wild rose and in 3 years we hope to have it out of our forest.