This is the garden that sparked a million escape fantasies where I go live off the grid on a small farm. Another one from the Gamble Garden Tour, the garden is 100% DIY (one of the homeowners is an architect) and supplies the couple with all of their produce.
GET THIS GARDEN
Front yard orchard:
- Growing: Pluots, cherries, apples, pears, plums, figs, and a grapevine grown along the fence
- Each “tree” was actually three semi-dwarf varieties planted in a triangle, not more than a couple of feet apart
- The trees are underplanted with daffodils
- A bougainvillea is planted along the house wall
- Mulch is alfalfa pellets and the neighbors’ leaf and grass clippings
Back yard garden:
- All of the trellises are bent rebar, custom made by the homeowners. Pipes were sunk into the ground, and the rebar was set into the pipes. The rebar was then wired and welded together.
- Vegetable beds have a north-south orientation so they get maximum sunlight and the plants don’t shade each other.
- Growing: asparagus, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lettuce, chard, radishes, eggplant, squash, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, herbs,
- Chickens clean up the garden and control insects, and their manure supplies all of the fertilizer
- Living fences are Camellia and Irish yew
- All of the vegetables are started from seed in the greenhouse
- A Zareba Red Snap’ R solar powered electric fence, motion-activated sprinklers, and netting keep out raccoons, squirrels, rats, skunks, deer…
Side view of the tomato trellis
The chicken coop
The side yard was crammed with abutilon – genius