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Fun: Home and Garden Tour with Master Gardeners

What a fun day!! A few days ago, I had the privilege of speaking and giving a tour of my home and garden to a great group of Master Gardeners from this area. Boy, do they know their stuff!

Stacy Lyn's Home and Garden Tour 2015

Stacy Lyn’s Home and Garden Tour 2015 – What a great time with fellow lovers of great gardens and great food!

This group was incredibly gracious and super interesting. We planned on having the meeting outside, but the weather was less than glorious, although we needed the rain desperately. Rain never stops a true gardener!!

Rain never stops a true gardener. I thought the rain was going to put a damper on the garden tour, but I think it made it that much more fun.

Rain never stops a true gardener. I thought the rain was going to put a damper on the garden tour, but I think it made it that much more fun.

I thought it might be fun for you to join the tour with the group so my daughter snapped a few photos of a few areas around our home.

Growing food and flowers together (especially edible flowers) makes life beautiful...

Growing food and flowers together (especially edible flowers) makes life beautiful…

 

Most folks left from the back porch to the courtyard.

This small amount of yard off my back porch leads to the lower courtyard where I intermix flowers and vegetable plants. I love seeing it from my back windows.

This small amount of yard off my back porch leads to the lower courtyard where I intermix flowers and vegetable plants. I love seeing it from my back windows.

We have a few fruit trees (less hardy plants) protected within the walls of the courtyard

Satsuma Oranges grow pretty well in Alabama, but you can grow other varieties in pots. Growing them in pots allows for you to bring them into your home during the frost nights.

Satsuma Oranges grow pretty well in Alabama, but you can grow other varieties in pots. Growing them in pots allows for you to bring them into your home during the frost nights.

along with herbs and flowers mixed in the planters.

I love the light bluish leaves of the cabbage against the dark green leaves of the creeping fig.

I love the light bluish leaves of the cabbage against the dark green leaves of the creeping fig.

The group broke up and went their own way from there. If you leave my courtyard toward the right, you will find my smokehouse, a few raised beds, the big garden, a small fruit tree orchard and in pots 19 varieties of apple trees that my son grafted, pear trees, fig trees, leland cypress trees, persimmon trees and wild orange trees that we are growing for the stock. We also house our hydroponics system there as well.

It's a rainy day at the garden tour, but I loved every minute of it!

It’s a rainy day at the garden tour, but I loved every minute of it!

If you take a left out of the courtyard, you’ll find a few raised beds where I am growing carrots, parsnips, and beets as well as many herbs and a few wild edibles. You’ll also find my chickens and coop on that side of the house.

I love growing herbs in my courtyard planters! It's gorgeous and edible - both of my favorite things...

I love growing herbs in my courtyard planters! It’s gorgeous and edible – both of my favorite things…

I want to thank Bonnie Plants for their dedication to healthy, non-GMO plants and to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for excellent seeds. They make it possible to have a flourishing garden indeed.

Raised beds are excellent for carrots, parsnips, and beets. The soil stays much looser and allows the carrots to grow. My soil is quite mucky and would need a great amount of amending. The chicken coop is kind of hidden behind a row of bushes in the left corner of the photo.

Raised beds are excellent for carrots, parsnips, and beets. The soil stays much looser and allows the carrots to grow. My soil is quite mucky and would need a great amount of amending. The chicken coop is kind of hidden behind a row of bushes in the left corner of the photo.

It was not only an honor to have these amazing gardeners in my home and sharing my story, I had the privilege of signing books for them. I met a wonderful entreprenuer from Auburn. I loved hearing the story of her organic coffee shop, Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium and Roasters! What a great name, Mama Mocha!!

I hope you enjoyed the photo tour of parts of my gardens. I will follow-up soon with more detailed photos of my home and garden. Wish you all were here…

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