WHAT'S GROWING IN THE WILD CHILD GARDEN?
The Wild Child Garden is an example of a sustainable garden that preserves biological diversity by using a range of plant species of all shapes, colors, sizes, and scents that flower and fruit throughout the year and provide pollen and nectar for birds and a wide variety of pollinators.
Herbs growing in the garden include amsonia, Henry blue & grape crush aster, African blue, Greek columnar, lemon, lime, mammoth, purple, sweet, & Thai basil, coneflower, bee balm, bergamot, black-eyed Susan, borage, catmint, lemon catnip, chamomile, chives, cilantro, comfrey, coreopsis, creeping Jenny, dill, elderberry, eucalyptus, bronze & Florence fennel, feverfew, germander, hyssop, fathead, Hidcote, & Portuguese lavender, leeks, lemon balm, lemongrass, liatris, lovage, marigolds, variegated marjoram, balloon, blood flower, common, red Mexican, silky gold, swamp, & whorled milkweed, million bells, apple, chocolate, eau de cologne, ginger, Kentucky colonel, lemon, mini, orange, peppermint, pineapple, spearmint, & sweet mint, clustered, common, hoary, narrow-leaf, & serrated mountain mint, Italian & Greek oregano, oxalis, curly & Italian parsley, apothecary's rose heirloom, barbecue & creeping rosemary, rue, coral nymph, garden, hot lips, lyre-leaf, pineapple, tri-color, & woodland sage, savory, munstead red sedum, self-heal, skullcap, stevia, Angelina stonecrop, tarragon, creeping, elfin, English, German, lemon, silver, wine and roses, & wooly thyme, verbena, and paprika & white yarrow.
Wild Child Herb Shop also grows a variety of vegetables seasonally including pole & bush beans, bird house gourds, okra, banana, sweet heat cayenne, ghost, spicy jalapeno, shishito, & scotch bonnet peppers, cherry & slicing tomatoes, & zucchini. Cover crops such as cowpeas, fenugreek, flax, lentils, millet, mustard, oats, Daikon radish, & turnips are planted in the fall to enrich the soil over the winter months. These crops are tilled back into the soil in early spring and provide nutrients for the upcoming growing season.
Wild Child Herb Shop of Tennessee is in suburban Fayette County, Tennessee in the town of Oakland. The property is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, and a certified Tennessee Smart Yard. I completed a lengthy process of mapping, documenting, and designing a sustainable habitat for wildlife that provides food, water, cover, and places to raise young. I used a variety of existing materials to accomplish this and left the yard natural to create a meadow-like environment that birds especially love. There is a large farm that lines my neighborhood with lots of trees and shrubs for wildlife to use.
I have two special Houses for Blue Birds, and each house is teeming with adults, fledglings, and eggs. When the little ones fledge, they line up on my deck railing to practice flying and get a morsel of food from their parents. I also have a large feeder for Hummingbirds, and enjoy their migration in the fall, when the garden is covered with these tiny jewels. I have also seen house finches, cardinals, goldfinches, mourning doves, mockingbirds, chipping sparrows, and juncos, and they love my pollinator garden, and bug and seed cylinders that are loaded with mealworms.
The Wild Child Garden is a container style deck garden that contains an array of medicinal herbs, plants, fruits, vegetables, and Apothecary's Rose, an heirloom red climbing rose cane that dates back four generations. All my products are cultivated, grown, watered, maintained, harvested, and cleaned by hand.