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Cindy's Yard Conversion
Cindy's Yard Conversion
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near the YMCA on South Hill, Puyallup, WA, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

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Cindy's Yard Conversion

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Residential yard conversion, main work implemented in spring of 2013, sheet mulching with annuals and perennials. Demonstration project for neighborhood, empowering renter to take action, providing significant experiential learning for 10 plus local youth.

Project Description

Residential yard conversion: front yard started in spring of 2013, sheet mulched with cardboard, mounded beds formed with compost, pathways of burlap sacks. Site design by Kelda of Divine Earth Gardening Project. Most of the labor done by home owner and neighborhood kids. Directly seeded with annuals and perennials. 

Compost donated by CedarGrove, from their Maple Valley Facility. Having the compost for the beds allowed us to plant this year versus waiting for the sod to break down.

The compost was a bit woody and a few plants did not take (most of the squash, the first round of bok choy, and scarlet runner beans from seed) but overall we have a great success rate. We had a great stand of 'red head' quinoa, lots of broccollii, kale, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, calendula, as well as other insectories, marigolds, bok choy (late season), sage, hops, green onions, garlic. 

Over the winter season we will be builidng a seating area and trelis for the hardy kiwi. 

Next season we hope to work in some more perenial vegetables, root crops and dynmaic aculuators, and nitrogen fixers to build nutrients in the carbon heavy compost. 

We had small plant tags which the kids LOVED and learned very quicly although they didn't last the entire season. We would love any input on more permanant signage for the garden. What has worked (or not) for you?


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Urban Residential Demonstration Educational
Kelda Lorax - Designer Nicholas Lorax - co-designer and laborer
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