Garden designs and costs vary with the size and scope of any one project. This particular garden project I would like to share with you was once a 25 ' x 25 ' front lawn and is now adorned with fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. The garden was introduced for demonstration purposes. The objective behind this project was to introduce increased awareness about organic edible gardening, land improvement initiatives and to chase the pest / herbicide trucks out of the area. Following is a brief overview of the project and summary of costs.
Projects this size require time, effort and dollars to get started. Although this is true, the return on each of these investments is very worthy.
This project that started in 2008 was updated in 2012 to demonstrate at home edible gardening at its best. The first step was to remove the lawn. By shovel and hoe I dug the sod filling 2 large waste bins that were removed by truck. I selected a local high compost well fed earth to fill the area back in. It has continued to produce for me up to present, 2013. The soil is heavy with worms and has had no pesticide or herbicide added to it. It is organic, live, free and clean earth. Good soil was the primary objective to this project knowing the rest would follow. Fashionable permaculture homemade soil, like lasagna layering, is also an option but requires more time.
Wanting to impress efficiency into the project to keep up with the neighborhood appeal, I chose the former. The garden has been well received by neighbors. I also keep the yard area and common areas clean in respect of property value to myself and others.
The garden beds are made at home and all are open for continued soil health and light weight for movement if desired. The beds have raised posts to which I attach shade cloth when the temperatures soar. The fruit trees will provide shade once mature. Succession planting and rotation of plants compliments a continued food source.
The layout you see below is modified as seasons progress. An irrigation system is in place with both drip and overhead. Overhead is best used in the morning as afternoon winds drag and dry the water before it hits the ground. The garden is tended by hand 90 + % of the time including hand watering. Drought and water dependent plants do co-exist when managed in this manner. Compost piles are placed in a new spot each year and each garden source considered for use. Organic bone and blood meals are the choice of fertilizer. Food that is grown is eaten fresh in season and when in abundance, the food is frozen and gifted. I have come to find eating in season quite fashionable.
There are numerous garden designs available. Thank you for letting me share my blueprint. The approximate cost of this garden space was $1,500.00 not including labor. This includes the cost of soil removal, new soil, beds, trees, a new irrigation system and initial seeds and plants. In closing, saved seeds, compost and mere propagation once you get started will keep your garden environment safe and growing.
25 x 25 Front West Garden / Lawn Replacement
Asparagus 12 x 13 bed
Peas 11 x 12 bed
Pomegranate In ground Pomegranate In ground
Peppers 7 x 2 bed Zucchini / Spinach 7 x 2 bed
Tomato 4 x 4 bed Tomato 4 x 4 bed
Pomegranate In Ground
Sweet Potato 18 x 2 bed
Apricot In ground Apricot In ground
Herbs, Succulents, Flowers In ground
Melon favorites are planted in between this layout to eventually cover the open ground area.
And so on and so on .. A constant giving and taking!
Additional gardens are in production on my land with various nutritious foods.
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