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.
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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.
Jacq – Gardener at Epic Yard Farm