So… it’s been awhile. Operation Food is still underway, and has made much progress. Since I last wrote we have tilled, manured, planted, and set up a watering system for the gardens. Although, not automatic (yet), the system we have in place requires little effort and ZERO hose maneuvering, which I’m ecstatic about! We’ve also acquired four pigs, and twenty-six chickens. We’ve built a chicken tractor, gotten our property line guarded by barbed wire and electric strands, and created a pig training area. Did I mention I also raised a litter of Great Pyrenees puppies?
Suburbia is used to perfectly tailored gardens with a nice row of cut evergreens, uniform lawns, and vibrant flowers with colored mulch. So it’s a given that many “Suburbanites” aren’t so fond of growing food in the context of permaculture and forest gardening. It doesn’t “fit in” to the suburban landscape. It is my opinion, though, that both things can be accomplished. Maybe a little less lawn, a little more work, but all very worth it. With a little compromise, one can have vibrant flowers, colored mulch, and most of it you could eat! Continue reading “Mixing Edibility With Elegance”