Recent Front Yard Transformation

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  1. amillison

    amillison Junior Member

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    Here is an album of the first season of my front yard Permaculture transformation in process in Corvallis, Oregon, USA:

    https://www.beaverstatepermaculture.com/photo/albums/front-yard-transformation

    and here's one of the raised bed mushroom log border under construction that's not in the first album:

    https://www.beaverstatepermaculture...logs?context=album&albumId=4653991:Album:2236

    I'll post more pics to these albums or others on my website as the project develops

    Thanks,

    Andrew
    www.beaverstatepermaculture.com
     
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    Nice pond! Is that grey water or rain water that is going in through the pipe?
     
  3. amillison

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    The pond is filled from rainwater. The overflow will fill a secondary pond that will be built in the center of the curved stone bed, that will also be fed from another downspout. I'll also have a rain barrel before the first pond to refill the pond during the dry season.
     
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    Well done Andrew, looks great.
    One of teh things I like about the US houses / yards is there seems to be a lack of front fence, (this might only be an idealistic view that the TV /
    Movies portrays) but I think it is an important way of creating a community atmosphere. Over here it is rare to come across this.
    Kurt
     
  5. amillison

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    That was one reason that I moved into the house, a front yard open to the street and to the South. I thought about fencing myself, because it is a busy road at times and I have a 3 year old son, but he understands his boundaries and it will eventually be screened by Huckleberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry. There is a school down the block so the children should have bushes to snack on when they walk by.

    Being open to the road creates a passive education in Permaculture for the whole neighborhood, and I am meeting my neighbors easily and spreading the good word in a subtle and connective way.
     
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    looks really good andrew

    and front yards LOL

    out my way council has been going around berating people for planting all the way out to the footpath - they want it cut back as it's "council" land
     
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    It is looking fantastic. Is that old broken up concrete you have used as your "rockery" raised garden?
     
  8. amillison

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    Regarding planting out to the sidewalk, I feel it's my duty to put food at the public interface. What can be reached from the walk is for the community, and what I reach from inside is for my family. I am blessed to live in a neighborhood heavily populated by peak oil food security aware folks, so front yard gardens are very common here. In fact, I've found that people judge you here based on your gardening and landscaping more than any other place I've lived. There are bee hives, chickens, ducks, and sheep in people's yards directly adjacent to the street, so the feeling is one of abundance.

    It is broken concrete construction. Here we call it "urbanite". There is not a lot of rock available here for free, urbanite is the most abundant free building material. I have a large pile in my driveway from a neighbor who ripped out a patio. I'm awaiting a giant pile of leaves to be dropped off by the city when they clean the streets. I will cover much of the .3 acre property deep in leaves.
     
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    Great Attitude... well done!
     
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    Great Thinking..Ilike growing in the front garden also,i tried frui trees in my first permie garden(suburban) block.

    People can only passivly take in permaculture if they can easily see what your upto...Nothings better then to lead by example

    Tezza
     
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    It all sounds lovely. What are you going to do with the urbanite?

    I had trouble with your pictures. I can't seem to go directly from one to the next but each time have to go back to the original page. I am a bit too lazy for that. Can you make it easier?
     
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    When I was a kid, quite a fe years ago, an italian family home that I walked past on the way to school used to have lots of fruit trees in their front yard, the man there used to let us take whatever we wanted on the proviso "noa fruitta fights, you noa waster the fruitta", we had to eat it. Pomegranites and oranges were my favourites. It is such a simple but great idea.
     
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    You are right deano. There should be more fruit trees in the public spaces as well. Especially the ones that can't be sold commercially because the fruit doesn't travel.
     
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    Every public walkway should be a garden of eden. Around schools especially. That is Peace on Earth in my opinion, a culture that feeds the friend and stranger alike, by design. The paradigm of the backyard garden and front yard lawn needs to flip to the front yard garden and backyard food forest!
     
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    Only when food is so abundant that it is not a commodity,will we be free of the current situation.Any government that does not guarantee universal health care,free education housing and nutrition is a failed state,I know that's a tall order,but if there is enough money for war then there is enough money for everything on my list.
    Best Wishes
    Fernando Pessoa
     
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    Too right Fernando!! But there's no cash in providing free food.
     
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    That's fantastic. I am tempted (really should) send the link to my own local council. They seem not to have a clue about healthy food.
     
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