Pictures of what my wife and I have done in the two years since moving into this ~1/3 acrecity lot in Lexington Ky, Zone 6. When we moved all that existed was a crappy/dying turf grass lawn, mature oak, maple, and sycamore trees and some ugly evergreen bushes up front. We try to start everything from seed where we can with flourescent lights in the basements. First step was a fence to keep in our two doggies and a deck on back of house. For edibles outside annual veggies we have blackberries, blueberries, rasberries, dwarf peaches, dwarf apples, strawberries, horseradish, garlic, wild garlic and onions, rhubard (may not survive our sweltering summer) thyme, oregno, asparagas, pumpkin patch that reseeds itself, bee balm, lemon balm. Next steps to plant for fall will be more dwarf fruit and nut trees, jerusalem artichoke, comfrey and lot of other berries/wild flowers. Also need to keep getting rid of lots of the grass in the backyard...I'm going to make two Sepp height hugel beds on contour with swales. They will probably be around 10-15' in length. All of the raised annual beds have ~1/5-2 ft of firewood, leaves, horse manure buried ~1 ft deep. I have had local tree trimmers drop off ~ 50 cyds of trimmings/mulch. Also, we have a local soil/mulch place where I can get a composted leaf/soil blend for $10/yard and I have brought in ~6 yards of this to put on mounds/garden beds over last couple of years. There is a hugel-ish bed in the front yard that is exploding right now with pumpkins, carrots, corn, wildflowers, dianthus, yarrow. Another hugel bed in front yard has red clover, onions, garlic, tomatoes and horseradish. We have overseeded white dutch clover all over the yards and have raked in the clover in the dry, clayey areas where perenial grasses don't like to grow. Even with the low to mid 90's heat wave in the midwest the last couple of weeks and negligible precipitation the clover is holding strong. We still have a long long way to go and much to learn but our eyes are open and we have taken some baby steps.
Bed by house with tomatoes, peppers, basil, marigolds, jasimine on arbor by house, lilies, spinach, broccoli, kale, garlic, onions, white clover
Melanie really wanted a jasimine so we I built the trellis and put it in and it is doing great but needs to hurry up some and get above the out of control tomatoes!
Hugel bed somewhat accidently on contour (at least part of it) in front yard. Huge pumpkin is about to invade/cross sidewalk!
Kale and volunteer tomatoes along fence by annual beds...had great radish crop before kale...seeded both at same time in March
Annual beds (dug out 6"s of topsoil, buried 1.5' of wood and woody debris, added horse poop and clover and replaced topsoil) tomatoes, peppers, beans, marigolds, basil...thriving with little watering even in heat
Thanks Brenda, John and Tyler Brenda...I know you have lots of comfrey...what is the best kind the common Symphytum officinale or the Russian Bocking? Is the best way to get some to buy 1 plant off the net and then divide it to make more? I tried all the landscape/nurseries in central Kentucky and nobody carries it.