by Katrina Derrico
(Canton, GA (US) )
I'm not certain if our front yard counts yet but it is a work in progress.
We built our home Summer of 2012 on a lot that is a little over under an acre. The builder basic package consisted of approximately 10 plants in the front bed and nothing on the sides and back.
Shortly after contracting with the builder, I had read an article about Rosalind Creasey and the 5 x 20 foot edible bed and was totally impressed. From that point forward I decided that our yard will provide not only food for us but also the wild life as well. As fate had it, once we moved in I found myself rehabbing local wild life (squirrels, chipmunks and deer mice mostly). This taught me quite a bit about edible plants - what we can eat, what they eat etc... I decided that our yard will be edible and bee/butterfly friendly. I began researching edible landscaping and permaculture.
Last year we planted most of the fruit & nut trees, peach, plum, pear, apple, cherry, pecan and walnut. This year we are working on the front and side beds. Approximately 98% of the plants in our yard now are either edible or bee/butterfly friendly. Everything in the beds by the house is perennial and the annuals are located in the 8 x 12 raised veggie garden out back.
In the front we have, spinach and chocolate mint in the flower baskets under the window, chives, oregano, blueberries, Echinacea, rosemary, crabapple and day lilies (which are edible) in the front beds. Strawberry pots by the garage. Apple, pear and serviceberry trees on each of the sides. In the side flower beds we have more blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, artichoke, lavender, bay, oregano, thyme, and watermelon. Lots of flowering plants in between to fill in and attract pollinators.
I just love going out to the yard to pick a fresh salad or herbs for supper, it is just delightful!
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