If you’re looking for a great day trip from Lincoln County, consider the Thyme Garden in Alsea! They grow organic herbs, both culinary and medicinal. I also found quite a few great flowers for pollinators.
So excited about my newest listing! Just look at this gorgeous meadow and barn!
This property offers the dream a self-sustaining homestead. Located in the sought-after Yachats River Valley, the Siuslaw National Forest is your neighbor on three sides. A rustic cabin and yurt offer housing for farmhands or income potential.
There are multiple original homestead outbuildings, a green house, gardens, chicken and duck coops, established fruit trees and berries, gorgeous meadows, a treehouse platform, meditation hut, and a magical cedar grove. Four acres of farmland, sixty acres of land in total.
Located just 9.5 miles from the beach and charming town of Yachats.
I can’t say enough nice words about LaFaye Art Studios in Seal Rock, Oregon. If you need a breath of fresh air, you’ll find it at her art gallery and tea shop. (Located at 10949 NW Pacific Coast Hwy 101, Seal Rock, Oregon.)
Upon entering, rose petals were sprinkled on the floor to welcome guests.
Artist Aria La Faye recently posted to a Facebook community group that I’m part of that she was looking for inspiration. She asked local folks to upload photos of the Waldport Bridge for her to use in a painting. Many folks did and mine was chosen! The prize was a print of the finished piece!
She has done almost all of the art, with a small rotating spot for a visiting artist. In addition to selling art, flower arrangements, and tea at the shop, she’s also an accomplished children’s book illustrator. She is ridiculously talented!
If all of this is not enough to win your heart, meet Miss Alice Pudgekins, the store bunny. Bunny therapy and organic tea… a winning combination!
When dealing with rural property the Lincoln County planning department is a great place to go to ask for more detailed information. For example, they can look up permits and let you know about zoning laws or flood zones.
For more urban properties, you’ll want to visit the city planning department to learn more.
There are lots of bumble bee queens looking around for a place to call home right now. Why not try to create a home they may like? I’ve read that, statistically, for people who study this sort of thing bumble bees only use about 30% of the homes humans try to make. Well, then I better make more than one!
In nature, bumble bees often build nests in abandoned mammal holes. To approximate the insulation scientists say they like, I used dryer lint. (I haven’t bought any new clothes lately, so hopefully my lint isn’t toxic. I also wear natural clothes and organic when possible, but that’s surely something to think about. Don’t use your dryer lint if you use fabric softener!)
I did three different designs in a sunny spot (the featured image above.) One is ground level, two are dug down into the ground. I also built one in to a shaded hillside.
I don’t know yet if the queens will choose to live in these spots, but I thought I’d share how to do it in case you’d like to build your own.
Now is the time!
This queen spent quite a bit of time drinking from the flower I placed by the front door, retreating into the house , and then coming back to drink more! I hope she makes it her new nest — time will tell.
This is the time of year when the young queen bumble bees leave hibernation to stock up on food and then establish a new nest. Here are some photos of the queens I’ve seen on the farm… most of them are yellow-faced bumble bees (Bombus vosnesenskii) which are very camera friendly. The last photo is a different, unidentified species who usually fly away very quickly!
This post also highlights the need to have early forage available! Crocus and pieris japonica attracted the most I’ve seen this year. Daffodil, sweet box, red-flowering currant, and my plum trees have also had some visitors.
Not as pretty, since she’s not in a flower… but it’s the only photo I have been able to get of a different species. These queens are camera-shy.
The author has such a sweet way of engaging with worms, she really seems to love them, and her fascination rubbed off on me. The book is chock full of amazing worm stories.
Plus, worm castings are amazing fertilizer.
So, I got to researching and ended up installing a worm bin!
I learned the most useful information from this video that explains how to do it in detail.
One tricky part was finding an appropriate place to keep them. They are not cold-hardy and they can also die from heat in the summer. Basically, they need to be in the house. Worms… in the house…?! I ended up finding a spot in the enclosed back porch. It’s part of the house, but feels a bit removed. They’ll be safely tucked away from temperature extremes and it’ll be easy to get them kitchen scraps.
After researching options, I ordered my worms from a company called Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. Here’s the bag I received in the mail… and the worms before I covered them with wet newspaper in the bin. Very excited to see how these little creatures grow and change!
I just purchased one pound of organic white clover and walked my entire property, seeding every mole hill I encountered. Over time I’ll probably add other flowers too. I’ll post an update once they get growing!