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Posted by Ann Cantelow about 11 years ago

The more I study permaculture, the vaster my garden seems. Also, mention of a new mini-swale

A little more winter introspection...

After reading of permaculture balcony gardens and other small spaces, my own 1/8 acre or 1/20 hectare looks like a vast wasteland.  Everywhere I look there are potential microgardens, possibilities of intricate things that could someday be done.  I'll put a few pictures of different areas at the bottom of this post.  But first, a mention of something that got beyond the dream stage...

We had a warm week here in Colorado allowing the ground to thaw, and I got to work channeling water from one of our 4 drainspouts from the roof into the garden.  Previously it had drained away down the driveway.

This picture isn't really clear, but it shows a hugelculture berm in front and trench behind.  The berm is maybe 2/3 of a meter high, and the mini-swale is about 2 meters long, before it reaches our southern fence.  The dirt on the left side was quite a bit darker then on the right side.  The left side dirt had been below vinca minor for years, while the right side had been under lawn grass.


I planted clover seeds on the berm.  I'll put more seeds there later if I'm too early for that and nothing comes up.

And now for a few pics of some of the spaces in this garden.  It not only seems vast but rather a wasteland.  I feel an urgency to plant lots of things to get something of substance going here.  Hope to get lots of mulch plants growing well this year.  Carting in mulch is not in my budget for now, though it will be available later in the year when neighbors put out leaves in the streets for pickup.

House with sunny alley garden

Sun-facing fence.  I'll put trees first, then have a cold-temperate clearing with veggies

Other little alley garden

Front garden with pergola.  The lawn will become a mini-meadow

Little front enclosed garden

North shady side of house plus little west area by street

South side, shaded by trees and neighbor house.  This picture was taken before I dug the new mini-swale, which is about halfway down this slope (for the drainspout on near corner) and stretching across.

Tiny area to right of trash cans

And even a sunny deck wall!

It should be a very fun year.



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Carolyn Payne-Gemmell
Carolyn Payne-Gemmell : Wow, so many great little niches, and loads of potential, remember to work from your hardware (fences, walls and paths) out. Are there any horse stables nearby, they usually have stable waste by the trailer loads to give away and its not to rich, you can plant cover crops and gross feeders like pumpkin straight into it.
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David Braden
David Braden : Also, some arborists and the power company with deliver wood chips free if you can have someone available for the delivery. Wood chips are our favorite sheet mulch material these days.
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Ann Cantelow
Ann Cantelow : Great advice, Carolyn, thanks. Interesting point about working from walls and paths. It makes sense. Thanks for the thought on horse stables, too, also makes sense!

And thanks David, I'll look into this for sure. Arborists come through our neighborhood from time to time, and would probably be happy for a nearer place to leave stuff.
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Ann Cantelow : Thanks so much for the tip, Jason. The soil is indeed clayey. I'll take your advice to heart and move the drainage farther away. Our northern drainspouts, which I haven't gotten to yet, are worse, and have drained right next to the foundation for years. Your tip will be well remembered there too, thanks again!
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