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Last night, I watched Symphony of the Soil, recommended by a fellow permie. It helps to confirm what I am doing to our front yard is the right way to start building a good soil structure for the plants. And I have amazing plant growth to prove it.

Catch a free online viewing of one of the most important film that all gardeners and farmers could watch to understanding soil building and the importance of soil building to help make the future a better place for all of us.

This free viewing is only available till 10/10/14.

Catch it while you can!!!! Make sure to click the four arrow icon next to the Vimeo logo to view it on full screen.

Watch the video on this website here.

By adding compost, wood chips and the chop and drop method. I have converted our normal grass front yard into a start of what I would consider the future of a small food forest. It is amazing to see how everything triple in size within just a few months and convert our normal urban property into something that amazes the neighbors and inspire others to start growing.

Google Street View of the front yard in March 2011, just a year before we purchased it.

Google Street View of the front yard in May 2013, exactly a year after we purchased it. The front yard shows our effort for sheet mulching using cardboard/newspaper and chunky compost from Singh Farms.

Photo taken by me of the front yard in March 2014, we have added another foot of wood chips on top of the original compost that we have layered down last year.

Photo taken by me of the front yard in June 2014, two years after we purchased it.

Photo taken by me of the front yard in July 2014.

Photo taken by me of the front yard in September 2014. Can you see what I am talking about? The most amazing thing is, I NEVER put fertilizer nor spray insect control in this area of our garden~ They are all thriving on their own with very little care from me, except occasional pruning to clear the path and such. Soil building is the most important thing you can do, and everything else will start to work themselves out into a balanced system.

I do have to occasionally fertilizer and on rare occasions spray insect control my container grown plants or plants growing in bare native soil without cover like this. 

We have since planted an apple tree, a peach tree and a citrus tree in the front yard from the photo above. I will be posting updates on that later this fall.

Happy gardening!!!!

Jacq – Gardener at Epic Yard Farm

https://www.facebook.com/epicyardfarm

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Comment by Jacq Davis on October 11, 2014 at 9:07pm
Thank you Leanne. I also have to thank all the support and knowledge shared by fellow permies on here. Truly helped me turn my black thimb green in just two uears. :-D
Comment by Jacq Davis on October 11, 2014 at 9:06pm
Powell, that you. We are truly amazed by the results. The wood chips just soaks up all the rain we have had and the soil is teaming with live! We have so much insect and microb activities. i love discovering all different kinds of life form in the garden.

My husband welds all kinds of fun and beautiful art to incorperated with the plants. Iam a lucky girl!
Comment by Jacq Davis on October 11, 2014 at 9:04pm
Thank you De Ann! I am so glad we looked for a neighborhoos without HOA when we bought the house. Our neighbors are super supportive too. Sharing bounty from the garden helps too~
Comment by Jacq Davis on October 11, 2014 at 9:03pm
Thank you Bryan!
Comment by Leanne on October 10, 2014 at 7:04pm

Jacq, your yard is an inspiration. Thank you for this post!

Comment by Powell Gammill on October 10, 2014 at 7:41am

I love testaments to wood chip mulch like this.  Wonder what the soil life is like? 

I assume someone is an talented ironworks artist?

Comment by De Ann on October 10, 2014 at 6:11am

What an inspirational/motivational yard!!  Doing just what you have done has been my dream since moving to the valley and ONE DAY I will be in a home where such things are possible.  I only hope I will be even half as successful as you have been.  Truly beautiful.

Comment by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on October 10, 2014 at 5:46am
Awesome + Epic!
;)
Comment by Jacq Davis on October 9, 2014 at 1:52pm

Thank you Nancy~

Comment by Nancy Kelly on October 9, 2014 at 11:33am

What a beautiful garden you have created!  And what a difference in the citrus tree.  Very inspiring.

 

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