alternate pathways, tree roots and looking up

front walkway through vegetable beds integrated among perennials backyard pathway leading to wooded area and driveway pathway al...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Planning and Design: natural techniques, habitats and Earth-friendly tenents

This garden sits on a 6,000 sqaure foot lot in a suburban neighborhood. The garden was designed by Kelly Anne Tooker with the help of Bob Tooker. This garden was designed to be a bird, butterfly and hummingbird habitat. The squirrels were just a bonus.

Natural Gardening Techniques Used:
Reduced Lawn and Grasscycling. Permeable Pavers. Nectar and pollen plants for birds and insects. Drip irrigation. Digging weeds by hand and use of ground covers and mulch. Composting.

Wildlife Habitat:
A variety of edible plants, a water source, healthy soil teaming with insects, a brush pile and sheltered thickets.

Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:
*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollinization and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.