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What I Love About My Yard Design

IMG_2979There’s a lot to love in this yard.  Even though it’s only 1/10 acre, mostly granite, and has a corner (300+ sf) we can’t enclose (city regulation), we’ve still made a lot of the space!

With clever “stacking,” we’ve made a lot function here:

* We have numerous places in the sun and shade – to sit comfortably year-round outdoors.

penstemon* We have numerous perennial flowers that come up each year and just bloom on their own.

* We have total privacy from the street and neighbors.

ALL the roof water descends on this one corner.  Whatever overflows the tank is directed alongside the swale (
ALL the roof water descends on this one corner. Whatever overflows the tank is directed alongside the swale (“low place”) around the patio alongside the fruit trees!

* We harvest rainwater in a number of ways (from the roof into a tank, overflowing the tank into a swale along the garden and tree terraces, from the front eave into two gardens and a pond, and from the patio into the swale).  (More here.)

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* We have a little fountain that runs into a tiny pool I fashioned of stone, which runs into a corner of the chicken coop and out into the apricot tree well.  (Read more about it here, at “Fountain with Quadruple uses!”)

DSC04401* We have a convenient tool storage, which will also one day have a sink with running water.

“Minerva, Goldie, and Polly,” copyright Jean Ann Eisenhower 2014

* We have chickens!  Right next to the compost, they are both close and convenient to the kitchen but not in a direct line of sight from the patio.  The chickens, though, can fly up and onto the rooftop to visit with us over the fence.

crystals* Throughout the year, as foliage changes, I move around stones, crystals, statuettes, and more – to entertain the mind and eye.

* We have a patio perfect for workshops and parties.DSC03488

Rather than pour our concrete inside squares, we poured it into sinous shapes.
Rather than pour our concrete inside squares, we poured it into sinuous shapes.

* We have very few straight lines!

Refreshing, convenient, and the bathwater doubles as plant water!
Refreshing, convenient, and the bathwater doubles as plant water!

* We have a pool – okay, we’ll call it a summer soaking or cool-off tub!  Just an old horse trough with a foliage screen

chickens in compost* The chickens not only give us eggs, but manure, and help with the bugs.  Yesterday we turned the compost, dumped it in sections into a tray, and let the birds clean out the pill bugs!

* Since vegetable gardening is quite a challenge on a rock lot, we do the “Permaculture thing” and make the most of what’s appropriate here – for us that means appreciating and enhancing a different range of plant life.  Here that means herbs and DSC01757grapes – though we also use a few containers and terraces filled with dirt for veggies and fruit trees.

Stuffed bell peppers cooking with the sun - a summer favorite!
Stuffed bell peppers cooking with the sun – a summer favorite!

* We solar cook outside year-round.

I’m very grateful for the natural functions of this space.  And I love it when people seek my consultation to help them get the most from their own little square of Earth.

paypal(And I take PayPal now, so folks can use any credit card and pay on time.)

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cherries on tree

~ Even lazy gardeners with rocky land can create a yard that brings a lot of value – appropriate to those who live there.

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2 thoughts on “What I Love About My Yard Design

  1. Hey! Very nice set up and well put together and thought out . Thinking Green always pays off, but the green i speak of here is ENVY! Good article and well presented with photos, GOOD JOB!

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