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City yard project
City yard project
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1212 S. 26th Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Birgit Albertsmeier Chris McLeod Corey Schmidt Flordeliza Harris Grant Van der Merwe Jehan de Maille Mihalache  Marius Nathan Dow Olga Moiseykina Wendy Lehman
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City yard project

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Before 2013 I was working my backyard into a companion planting and hugelkultur organic food growing production area for home grown natural food for the family. But post PDC, the sky's the limit!

Project Description

Property boundary dimensions are 333' x 64', including house, garage, and shed. Am breaking the yard into zones, 1 & 2 primarily, with a wild land segment that already included English Walnuts. Of course Zone Zero is a fully insulated house having installed a solar air heater, solar water heater, and a solar electric system with nickel-iron batteries. Basement window replacement is next in line, then a large water tank, dreams until cash flow permits, as always.

Zone 1 as kitchen gardens are mostly in place, yet there is room to replace lawn grass with an herb spiral and more keyhole gardens, as the weather and time permits. 

Zone 2 is loaded up! A polyculture of perennials, vines, bushes, and orchard trees. With a shed, hugelkulturs, three small fenced in gardens serving to incubate saplings with main crops, and one larger doubled fence garden being built up with beds for main crops plus orchard trees and vines through-out.

Bits of Zone 3, 4, and 5 in the remainder, with a low area at the back that will serve as a pond as time permits. There are well over 400+ permanent-type food production plants/trees now on the property in place, with a hundred+ more being incubated. I bet we can fit 1000 of them here! Thank you.


Cold climate polyculture

Taking advantage of a fence, with regard to sun and shade!

Posted over 9 years ago (1 comments)

New design for small yards!

Rain water holding capability.

Posted over 9 years ago (2 comments)

Hot composting - day 25!

My cold climate fall composting strategy on this backyard city lot.

Posted almost 10 years ago (0 comments)

Reducing bug pests

This house wren couple are not camera shy when they have young to feed!

Posted almost 10 years ago (0 comments)

Framing for a compost sifter

Simple design stronger than an elephant's leg. A necessary item for the city backyard where composting is an important function in building garden soil.

Posted about 10 years ago (2 comments)

Every backyard deserves an herb spiral!

Small design for a tight space.

Posted about 10 years ago (2 comments)
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