I have donated to several environmental groups throughout my adult life because of my passion for wilderness and sustainability. While I still believe wholeheartedly in those wonderful organizations and their ability to make large-scale policy change, I have read and listened to Doug Tallamy, and I realize we all can effect changes in our own landscapes.
I was extremely fortunate to find a house on a bit of land with already-established oak, walnut, hickory, maple, catalpa, evergreens, and a creek, in the middle of town. I'm adding the fruit trees and flowers while removing the invasives. My biggest challenge is we have large herds of deer concentrated in the wooded ravines. They eat everything that's not enclosed with chicken wire.
Sadly, summer seemed shorter this year due to a cold, rainy spring. I’m moving plants around now after discovering they weren’t in the right spots. I’m so happy with my landscaping this year, just two years into my habitat restoration project. So many insects and animals enjoyed the variety of native plants I’ve provided. It was exciting watching different plants coming into bloom and being the stars of the show before fading back and another plant would bloom and command attention.
Earlier I had lamented that I wish I could process walnuts. Well, my husband follows my Instagram, saw my post, and went out into the yard and started collecting and peeling walnuts for me. Or maybe I mentioned it to him? Anyway, I’ve been rinsing and drying them.
I’m doing what I can on a part-time job due to health reasons. Medical expenses and my special diet are still a problem because insurance doesn’t cover the types of testing and treatments that genuinely help me (functional medicine) and I have so many food and chemical allergies my food is crazy expensive. I don’t rely on my husband to fund my project because he is already supporting me and my two daughters through house and utility expenses and roughly half of our food.
If you’re a fan of my restoration and don’t have the desire or ability to create your own, I’d appreciate a few bucks towards mine. The plants and insects will voice their appreciation through their vibrant lives on display for me to share with all of you. https://tinyurbanwilderness.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/walnuts-and-reflecting-on-the-end-of-the-season/