It is easy to forget how far we have come and what we have accomplished so far. There always seems that there is more to do as we keep moving forward. Our video offers you a birds eye view of our homestead as well as sharing the different areas, the orchard, the greenhouse etc.

Our first task was to create a privacy barrier between us and the neighbors to the east. Our goal was to create a world of our own. Karl built the 10×60 foot Long Shed (where my wonderful potting area is located) and I planted the lilac and cotoneaster hedge. It took several years but the hedge finally filled in. I must give credit, where credit is due. The birds have helped plant as well. The hedge now has choke cherry trees and other local plants.

Our orchard started when a private school in Ronan Montana started selling fruit trees in the spring for $5 each if you buy 20. What a deal! They are the trees that did not sell in the nursery but I can live with that and prune to correct any issues. Every year for 5 years we bought 20 trees. We have pears, apples, Asian pears, cherries and plums.

When we first moved in we bought all the plants from the Ace Hardware store in Ronan when they closed their greenhouse for the season. In this truck load of plants were 6 hazelnuts. We had not been around hazelnuts. It took several years, but now we roast fresh hazelnuts in the fall. What a treat!

My favorite place though is the courtyard. We have always loved the courtyards in the south west. A cozy private place to enjoy life. Protected from all sides our courtyard offers us a microclimate for planting. To learn more about the courtyard explore the Garden section.

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