No matter how often I tidy up the backyard, it always manages to take on the junk yard look. Parents, you know what I mean right? Tired plastic play equipment, strewn muddy and deflated playground balls, broken chalk, and in our case, piles upon piles of scrap wood. That would all be ok, sort of childhood charming, if it weren’t for the added broken odds and ends (christmas lights? Really?) punctuating the look. Last year we left a side of our yard bare for a possible garden, and after these first spring weeks staring at the rubble pile of wood that the ‘garden’ had become, I couldn’t take it any more-we needed a little backyard project! Inspired by Jump Into A Book, we cleaned it up and have planted a pollinator garden.
We already had a blackberry bush there, and have added lupines, lavender, wild bergamot, black eyed susans, and butterfly weed. Most are native species which hopefully means my lack of gardening skills wont matter much. The lupines my boys and I couldn’t resist-have you read Miss Rumphius? Not a bee book, but a must read nonetheless.
Its got me thinking, is backyard honeybee keeping really that crazy of an idea? For now maybe a mason bee home-that’s got homeschool project written all over it.