Thursday, May 24, 2012

Edible Front Yard

We've added another patch to our edible front yard. Eventually, we hope to connect all the patches and take over the entire front lawn.  But, digging up sod takes time and figuring out what to plant and tending those young plants takes even more time. So, we're adopting a one step-at-a-time approach.
It'll be easy to take care of the newest addition - the newly planted dead tree root is super low maintenance!

We discovered this amazing piece of driftwood (sounds better than dead tree root, doesn't it) just after freeze up one Sunday afternoon as we were walking along the riverbank. My hubby and kids schlepped it home for me, knowing it would delight me to no end to have this token of the riverbank, our neighbourhood and our family walks incorporated into our garden.  I don't care what anyone else thinks - I love it!

As for the rest of the front yard edibles, they seem to becoming along nicely.  
The apple trees are looking great and had a few beautiful blossoms.  The herbs around the bottom, especially the chives have come in really well.  The leaf mulch that I used last fall has been fabulous at keeping the weeds out and the moisture in - I'm definitely going to to that again.

I learned last year that the bunnies really like beets, lettuce and beans, so this year I've limited the selection to herbs - sorrel, mint, oregano, garlic chives, chives, thyme, sage (several varieties), rosemary, and lime balm.  I'm thinking that I'll just let the perennials take over so that I don't have to worry about damaging any tree roots when planting annuals.

Around the driftwood, I planted some rhubarb and some dianthus (edible flower).  I also sprinkled a few annual flower seeds and some left over swiss chard.  We'll see what comes of it.

The cherry guild is also doing well.  The cherry didn't have any blossoms (the one I planted at the same time in the backyard did).  It may not be getting enough sunlight for fruiting purposes, but it looks healthy enough - that's the consequence of living in a neighbourhood lined with big beautiful elm trees that provide lovely shade.  The chamomile growing in the front doesn't seem to mind!

For the back story to our edible front yard and what we planted, see these two blog posts from 2011.


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