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What I am starting with is a small not quite 1/10 of an acre lot in the city.  The lot faces north and a main street runs in front of it.   I have attached 4 photos showing about what the front yard looks like now.  They are at least a couple of years old so the pine in the northwest side is bigger and so are the cottonwoods on the east side. The brown area behind the house is the dogs run, the green section beside it is my small garden area.  The front yard is what I will be working on the most since it is pure lawn right now.  However there will be some changes in the garden area.

This is in Wyoming at about 6,000 feet altitude.  We have strong winds, cold winters, and cool nights even in summer.  The area is described as being semi arid so one thing I need to watch is how much water the plants in my finial plan will need.  Our soil is neutral to alkaline so acid loving plants like blueberries don't do well here.  


Plans for 20221: Take down the pine and the cottonwoods.  Move the flower bed from the west side to the east side of the sidewalk and add a cattle panel trellis.   I ordered a shorter clumping Jerusalem Artichoke to try this year.  I will put them in a larger grow bag where the cottonwoods were.  I will use the trellis to try growing a clumping bushier groundnuts and see how they do in our climate.   That trellis will also have some runner beans on one end as "pretty flowers" but with edible pods if I pick them young.  I also have some dahlia tubers coming for the flower bed.  Dahlias need to be lifted every year here and stored until spring but I hope to be able to increase the number of tubers and maybe try one or two this fall.  The backyard garden is being rearranged and a new asparagus bed is being put in this spring.  Those plants are already ordered but we need to dig the bed yet.   I hope is to find a Chinese/Mormon apricot seedling to plant on the west side of my front yard as an anchor for a future lower growing fruit forest.
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this shows the alley and bushes on the east side
this shows the alley and bushes on the east side
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we share the drive with the house next door and there is not a lot of room between the house and drive
we share the drive with the house next door and there is not a lot of room between the house and drive
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Facing south towards the house. This is how it looks now
Facing south towards the house. This is how it looks now
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A satellite view of the whole lot.
A satellite view of the whole lot.
 
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Small steps forward for the garden and other growing areas.

Earlier in the year I watched this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zroauGIzVQA

I decided to use some of  last "stimulus check" to get a tumbling composter and give it a try as I don't have a space to make a proper pile.  I got a big single bin tumbler to use for it and was thrilled  to discover it fit nicely into a formally unusable corner.  I can foresee my new tumbler getting lots of use ESPECIALLY since DH has decided the little compost bin I got for the counter is just what he wanted...  of course the fact it is a single bin tumbler is a bit of a problem if I want to be able to keep dumping the household compost bin into it WHILE making the compost shown in the video.  Guess I need to find a place room for a pile in the garden...  or get a second tumbler and put it outside the garden proper but next to the garden fence.  That would actually be a very nice solution, I will have to think on that.

The garden proper is undergoing some changes also as I make room for the asparagus bed and decide where the new hanging strawberry planter will go on the privacy fence.
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