We try to raise as much food as we can here at the homestead. In addition to the hens, the meat chickens, ducks, lambs and rabbits, we also have a number of gardens.
I plant the gardens around the house in a mixture of ornamental and edibles. When we first moved in, I bought a few truckloads of composted cow manure to fill in around the house. Our plants get huge, that's for sure... Take a look:
My kitchen garden. Two different cold frame sections - the kale and lettuce in the middle was planted back in March. It's perpetual - I cut it and it grows back.
In the foreground there are pepper plants. I put those in a bit early, but moved the salad cold frame onto them so they had a nice head start.
In the background are some sunflowers, my lavender, more sweet pepper plants and some volunteer dill...
The brassica bed. Red cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and a zucchini.
These beds are mulched with a thick layer of composted horse manure/shavings. Keeps the ground wet and cool.
I did add an odd petunia for a splash of color...
Okay, before you make nasty comments about the lawn, the mower was broken and Tom fixed it. So the lawn doesn't look quite this ratty anymore. But here is an edible/decorative garden - cabbage and zucchini mixed in with day lilies and hollyhocks.