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.
* We have total privacy from the street and neighbors.
* 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.)
* 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!”)
* 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.
* We have very few straight lines!
* 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
* 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 grapes – though we also use a few containers and terraces filled with dirt for veggies and fruit trees.
* 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.
~ Even lazy gardeners with rocky land can create a yard that brings a lot of value – appropriate to those who live there.