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 Practicing Permaculture

In April a flash mob style permaculture group got together at my house to transform part of the front yard from grass to a growing area. With the guidance of David Homa of Post Carbon Designs, we layered leaves, seaweed, coffee grounds, cardboard, and compost to cover the grass, give the soil good nutrients, and help prevent weeds. The layers were covered in rich compost and wood chips. 

 David leads workshops in permaculture technique and also designs, creates, and installs raised beds, swales, herb spirals, and urban landscape designs like rooftop gardens with the idea of maximizing small space yields. Check out Post Carbon Designs facebook page to see hoop houses and lawn scapes and even chicken houses David builds.

 With the help of about a dozen "strangers" who showed up to learn and work, we turned the front yard from grass to gardening space in about 2 -3 hours! This summer I used potted plants such as hummingbird attractors as additions to the regosa roses that enjoyed a huge growth burst from the new soil, the blueberry bushes we transplanted and added to three I had previously planted last fall and sunflowers I grew from seed this year.

 This adjacent area is a plethora of strawberry plants that have multiplied vigorously along with basil, chives and a small variety of flowering plants.
 The flash mob also gave my backyard beds a boost with the leadership of Gretchen Voight of Post Carbon Designs. This summer I added a hops vine to the grape wines along the fence which are  not shown here since it was so early in spring. The beds yielded tomatoes (which are still being harvested now), green beans, garlic, a few peppers, early greens, and are now blossoming with marigolds and what's left to mature in the fall growing season. I just added golden beet seeds this week for potential winter harvest. We'll see how it goes!
front yard before planting

early spring in the newly designed front yard

Blueberry bushes yielded some berries this year for us and for the birds too!

my two elderberry trees are about 3 years old and very healthy, yielding enough berries for a batch of syrup and feeding lots of bird as well


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