Unruly Gardening was originally started by a Gen Z whippersnapper who likes to write and garden, but eventually turned into a family project, with article and photo contributions from multiple kinfolk – including mom, the head herbalist, best selling author, and founder of The Nerdy Farm Wife.
This site is our family’s platform to share the growing, foraging, and making stuff that we love to do!
We grow on, forage, and roam about 100 acres of land in zone 7 USA, Appalachian Mountain range. Our landscape features a considerable amount of red clay, regular rabbit and deer raiders, and a lot of lemon balm no one can quite manage to get rid of.
The land it resides on features a wide array of micro-climates, from creek beds to full woods to open fields.
We battle persistent invasives: 3+ acres of kudzu, plus autumn olive, Japanese knotweed, bush honeysuckle, wineberries, and bittersweet oriental, all organically with a lot of manual labor and the help of 14 myotonic goat wethers, with the goal to help preserve the forest and creek area filled with treasured natives such as black cohosh, bloodroot, slippery elm, lady slippers, and more.
We have gardens of various sizes, beehives, are working on establishing a food forest, and enjoy farming our woods, especially with mushrooms.
We have lots to share, so we hope you find something useful, helpful, interesting, or inspiring here!
PS: You can view an informal walk around our gardens and farm at this video: ?