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We have an unused driveway in front of our office that only gets used occasionally to load and unload materials. It is pretty useless. After recent water main work under our street the City even repoured the driveway that they tore up to install a new sidewalk ramp.
As part of our reclamation of the urban right-of-way project we have installed a raised planter bed, designed and built by moss with 100% reclaimed framing lumber from the Rebuilding Exchange. Now flourishing are tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, brussels sprouts, strawberries, and sage. Construction and current photos after the break. Read the rest of this entry »
In addition to the native perennials planted in the front yard of moss headquarters we have undertaken growing a potato patch. These plant-like stalks were started from the extracted eyes of organic fingerling potatoes. To start, the eyes were covered in about an inch of soil and them covered with more soil whenever their tendrils poked above the soil until they flowered. The rain and warm weather of the past week has made the plants shoot out of the container. Photos after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Our native, mostly perennial, urban permaculture farm is entering its second growing season! The farm started as a patch of dirt in the sideyard of are office and was transformed into an edible landscape. The ‘bed’ was raised with strawbales from a farm in Warrenville, Illinois and filled with a soil mix from Buy-the-Yard in Evanston. The farm is designed as a ‘keyhole’, oriented towards the south. After a year of working out the kinks and observing the shadows (there are only about 6 hours of direct sun a day), and monitoring the companions, we are getting ready to add new plantings around last average frost on April 24th-ish. After the jump is an aerial showing the location of the farm (in orange) and the new native plantings which will take the place of frontyard turf (in green).