About Our Family
Michael (left) and Cory (right) live in Scio township, tucked between Ann Arbor and Dexter, MI. We both freelance part-time and spend our afternoons, evenings, and weekends learning to homestead. We are slowly transitioning several acres of monoculture turf around our home to something we hope will one day be more beneficial to our own lives, our community, and our surrounding ecosystem. In the meantime, we have an abundance of plants to share!
Elliott (4) and Logan (6) also enjoy helping out too. The farmstand is sometimes decorated with their bouquets, pebbles, and similar treasures (all complimentary). It makes their day every time someone takes one.
Why We Love Perennial Plants
Perennials are longer-lived. When nurtured, they can often grow alongside us for years (or even outlive us!). Plant them once, and they can provide harvests of teas, medicines, and other regenerative gifts for years while enriching the soil and our backyard ecosystems. They’re also generally easier to care for and are drought tolerant, which is becoming increasingly important in our rapidly changing world! Comparatively, annual plants generally need to be re-grown from seed and re-planted every year. They require much more care, water, and fertilizer. That kind of effort just doesn’t mesh as well with our busy lifestyle or goals. While we do continue to use staple annuals in our gardens (using no-till methods), we prefer perennials whenever possible. We consequently have a lot of perennial seedlings to share as we continue converting our lawn.
Why We Especially Love Native Plants
Native plants have evolved alongside other species native to this area and are therefore better adapted to provide critical resources to insects, pollinators, birds, and animals. Utilizing native plants in home gardens and landscapes is one of the most effective things we all can do to support our planet, rebuild healthy ecosystems, and reestablish our own forgotten ties to the natural world. Native perennial plants can offer a wealth of regenerative gifts similar to their nonnative cousins when nurtured in our gardens and landscapes. We therefore integrate native plants into our landscapes whenever possible. What’s not to love?