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Pepper Family Yard Conversion
Pepper Family Yard Conversion
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Sterling, Illinois, US
(815) 535-7387
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Nathan Dow
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Pepper Family Yard Conversion

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The Peppers are a fit, young couple from my hometown of Sterling, Illinois with an interest in growing more of their own food, but no previous knowledge or skills in the matter. My approach was simple and welcomed - nature does "this" and achieves production, so let's do that too as best as we can.

Project Description

What began as an overhaul design for the entire backyard (still leaving some aesthetic grass areas) including a walipini, at least one pergola, and several trees got scaled back to a modest corner installation, which by no means slacked in permanence. The Peppers have plans on extending their house into the back yard soon, before or after which we will discuss extending their system, depending on the couple's needs and comfort in managing until establishment what plants we initially installed. Climate is northern, cool temperate with decently rich remnants of the river ecosystem not far away along the Rock River. Enough of that and the prairie grassland habitats interlace the city of Sterling that really a great deal is possible on their site. They also have the advantage that the two, adjacent properties to the East and West rest at least a solid 3-4 inches lower than the Peppers', so the annual flood and rain events that hit the region do not affect their property almost at all while the neighbors have inches of standing water.


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Design, Photos, and Project Details

This shows my process from design to complete install.

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