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anoka sand plain, mn, US
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Cold Temperate

Alan Jeff Chris.T. Hamrin Daniel Halsey Jessica Schneider Knox Robinson Shawn Tisdell
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Urban, Rural, Residential, Educational

Project Summary

Using permaculture design principles to slowly turn our exurban 1+ acre lot into a biodiverse habitat for people, dogs, squirrels & birds.

Project Description

We moved into our 1+ acre exurban lot in early 2008, but this will be the first year I hope to really try and implement permaculture design principles. 

Last year two apple trees were planted, a gold rush and a william's pride, and this year the area will be expanded to a fruit tree guild/mini 'orchard'.  Along the fence in the front we have 10-15 year old crabapples under which  will be planted w/a hundered or so grape vines.

My section of garden contains a stawberry and asparagus patch, comfrey, two goumis and lots of weeds.  We added quite a bit of compost last year as well as rock phosphate and greensand.  The soil is sandy and likely fill.  If you dig deep enough there is black dirt.  I plan to find better sources for mulch this year, including wood chips, and grow some of my own straw.

I hope to plant a few oaks and alders between our garden and a row of pine trees. Our shed next to the garden has gutters which could feed into the garden using small swales and berms.

Past the shed is a stand of poplars a few of which I will be cutting down this spring with plans to coppice the runners that i assume will come up afterwards.  The rest of the poplars will act as nurse trees for northern pecans or chestnuts.  Morels were collected from this spot last spring.  It can flood so a little bit of earthworks might be in the works when time permits.

Part of our property is wetland and in it grows a dense stand of cattails which I have been taking in the fall and using for mulch.  As I have left the edge of the lawn/wetland unmowed elderberries and nettle have come up.  Native dogwood, ramps and wild ginger were added last year and I plan to put in blueberries, highbush cranberries and other shade/waterloving shrubs, greens and herbs in the future.

...to be continued


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