Summer is an exquisitely happy season sparkling with sun tea, homemade ice cream, blueberries off the vine, sweet magnolia blossoms, backyard barbecues, and days that go on forever. Long warm days on the farm or ranch means plenty of outdoor work and play. Outdoor kitchens and an abundance of covered porches blend the lines between indoor and outdoor living and add more space to live, relax, and entertain. A hallmark of Stacee Lynn designed Barndos is generous outdoor living space for enjoying fresh air, beautiful views, and family and friend gatherings.
The garden is calling. More and more folks are embracing the concept of native gardening. This type of natural landscape gardening uses local, native plant species that thrive naturally with minimal intervention. Ample harvests encourage healthy eating habits. These beautiful wildscapes and vegetable gardens are attractive to not only you, but to lots of flying and crawling critters, too. Many of these furry and winged visitors are beneficial to your plants while others cause damage. There are some handy tips and tricks for luring the ones you want and discouraging the ones you don’t.
The growing movement to Barndo life in the country has also stimulated a rising interest in homesteading. Many are trending toward producing, preserving and storing their own food and energy sources. Rural life usually provides loads of space for large gardens, beehive stations, workshops, chicken coops and other farm animals—many of the ingredients for becoming self-sufficient. There is plenty opportunity for city and suburban dwellers to incorporate many homesteading activities into their lives as well.
Summer invites us to grab our fishing poles and head to the nearest creek or lake for an idyllic afternoon with the kids. There are many great opportunities for summer hunting in many parts of the country, too. Fishing and hunting slow us down, get us into nature, and create perfect opportunities to impart some life lessons to our children. This is memory-making season.