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Looking for feed back on my design

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Hi Everyone,

This is my first attempt for my backyard design  and looking for feedback.
I've tried to label everything in the design picture. My goals are to grow food in a space that works as an entertainment space.

The location of the rain barrels tower might change to the side of house. I put the rain barrel tower in the SE corner because running PVC pipe down to the barrel benches would be the easiest. However I would have to install a new downspout. The side of the house NE corner already has the downspout and would be an easier connection to barrels. The solid drainage pipe running underneath the walking path could than be used as the overflow for the barrels(new location).

- Slopes down away from the house
- Zone 5 (Toronto, Canada)
- Plan to have Hoop House over the 10x2 beds in the Winter

Thank you everyone in advanced for the advice.  


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So, what is your design to do, exactly? *s*
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Location: Central Texas
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Personally, I really like it!
I've learned that the most important opinion is your own; and you want to make sure you make your design where it's going to be convenient for you to access. One popular recommendation is to have the kitchen garden/beds close to the house/door, where it'll be easy to step outside and harvest what you need, without taking a lot of time (or, in my case, lower the risk of getting distracted by something else ).
Also, be cautious about the vines being close to the house. Not sure about your climate but, here, grape vines will easily consume buildings/structures in a single growing season.
Finally, I've found it's normal for a design to change as we continue to grow and learn. Each year I go over my observations and find things that I improve in order to make things more efficient and productive. The key, for me, has been to make sure the "big ticket" items, are effectively placed, such as trees that take so long to become productive. In the beginning I made the mistakes of planting some pecan trees too close to my septic system and had to remove them before they messed anything up, which meant I wasted a few years of growth towards a harvest since I had to start over with new trees. So now I try to consider the long-term scheme of things whenever I put in something semi-permanent.
These have just been things I've learned from my experience with permaculture design, but maybe some with more experience will chime in with critiques of your specific design.
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