This year will be different. With the news of the possibility of neonicitinoid treated flowers sold at big box retailers, and the connection with these pesticides to the decline of bee colonies, I decided to concentrate on my perennials, and put vegetables and herbs in my front yard planters this year. I will search out organics, and try to be more vigilant in my seed saving. The humming birds have returned and are feasting on the nectar of the wild Columbine. There is a planting of tall Russel Lupine, and a nice border of Wild Plantain, not only providing a nice border, but a good remedy for burns and bug bites. Other wild medicinals in there are Yarrow, nettle, and catnip. The Grandpa Ott morning glories are waiting to climb over all of the Staghorn Sumac, also a medicinal, and source of a tea high in vitamin C.
Out in back, in the barnyard, I have one litter of bunnies, several setting hens, and my lambs are growing like the weeds and grass they dine on.