Bluebird Forest Garden

…is a 5 acre forest, organic garden, berry patch, anb orchard in north central Idaho. It is the home of A. George Hughes and (right now) his loving mother. Its location in the rugged hills near public lands, with excellent air quality and abundant moisture most of the year, makes a wonderful setting for an organic homestead with non-toxic tiny houses. A. George is currently looking for a garden helper or a girlfriend or wife. We are also open to visitors, short term stays, and forest/garden education experiences.

We have been here for about 11 years and are growing most of our food, all of our firewood, and now we are growing several seed crops for Snake River Seed Cooperative, an Idaho based seller of organic, locally grown seeds. We would love to help build a community of Earth-friendly dwellers in this neighborhood. email: bluebirdforestgarden@gmail.com

The summer of 2017 was long and dry, but a lot was accomplished. The fruit trees continue to grow and mature and several of them are big enough to climb, which is a wonderful experience for me that brings back awesome childhood memories of the cherry tree on the acre outside of Boise where I grew up.

We also gather wild berries and rose hips and are getting many native edible crops established such as the blue prairie camas and sunflower, arrowleaf balsam root, and blue flax. View the document Local Edibles for a list of the wild, naturalized and domesticated foods we have eaten here.

Here are the crops that we save seeds from and sell through the Snake River Seed Coop.

Blue Prairie Camas. An Idaho native that makes edible bulbs as well as wonderful flowers.

Grand Rapids Lettuce. A heat resistant loose leaf that is awesome pickled!

 

 

 

 

 

Burgess Buttercup winter squash. It keeps most of the winter at room temperature and the skin is soft enough to eat when cooked!

Martha Washington Asparagus. An heirloom that, once established will provide early spring food for many years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also:

  • Giant Grey Stripe Sunflower
  • Jet Barley
  • Dill
  • Mountain Hollyhock

Starting in 2018:

  • Chervil
  • Antohi sweet pepper
  • Nasturtium
  • Maybe yarrow and arrowleaf balsam root if we can find these growing wild!

A. George in mid January with an armload of produce from the root cellar and a squash from dry storage in the house.

One of our goals is to learn to live with the land, not off the land, in such a way that our basic needs for food, water, and shelter are met and then to have abundance with which to share and help others on their journey toward sustainable abundance. We hope to share knowledge, time, seeds, berry and perennial veggie plants, fruit trees, and I may get into building tiny non-toxic houses on wheels. A primary focus in our garden is year-round fresh food. The foggy, snowy winters actually help with that in a way because the humidity and snow shelter the soil and keep it from freezing.