Friday, June 19, 2015

A backyard transformation

Hey... I seem to have inspired another madman.

Check this e-mail out:

"Ok, you (and a few others), inspired me. So I've spent the last few months working on this. I took one end of my backyard and transformed it. 

I started by cutting the grass as low as possible. Then added a layer of cardboard topped with free mulch from the county hard water collection. Then free logs to create several beds surrounded by free stepping stones. 

Beds are filled with mushroom compost, peat moss, and some other various compost/manures. 

I have less than $100 invested in this so far. 

I've already stuck in seeds for Buttercup Squash, peppers, and Mexican Sunflowers. Have to cut a few more stones but it's pretty much set. 

Still more to come. Attached a few before and after pictures for your viewing pleasure. -S"

Here's his "before" picture:


And here's the "after" picture:


This is going to be an absolutely lovely garden. I can't think of a better use for the end of backyard.

If you're clever, it really takes very little work to transform a backyard lawn into a backyard garden.

If you've not had gardening success before, I recommend starting with a few dead-simple crops: mulberries, yard-long beans, chaya, loquats, sweet potatoes, Seminole pumpkin (make sure you have LOTS of space), bush beans, kale and mustard. Throw in a few hot peppers for variety and maybe a Japanese persimmon and you're going to have success. Most of those will do well even if you're a total amateur.

Just be sure to feed the soil first... and then the soil will feed you.

Good work, fellow gardener. I love it.

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3 Comments:

At June 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Andi | GreenBasket said...

ALSO- Those logs he's using for edging will rot down, encouraging fungal growth in the soil, creating humus, and providing homes for all sorts of beneficial insects, amphibians, and reptiles.

 
At June 19, 2015 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Sam Singleton said...

This looks really awesome. Looks like the perfect set up for an oasis. Don't forget your perennial nitrogen fixers. Please share photos as this comes together.

 
At June 19, 2015 at 9:07 PM , Blogger Jeff Mullins said...

Stunning. I am getting tree work done next week and am excited to keep the wood chips and as many of the logs as I can.

 

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