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Jeremy Laurin
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My house in the city of Erie, PA is up for sale and hasn't been doing well (but that's another story). I'm planning for Spring to create some large hugelkulture beds in the back of the yard, butting them up against a fence there.

But, this morning, I got to wondering...what's the best way to improve this land, possibly exciting someone about the ecological opportunity ? I mean since we are trying to sell the house, does it make sense to work with the land to create some earthworks and grow something?

What do you think?

Thank you.
 
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It depends. Is your selling point the home or the land or both?

From the viewpoint of helping yourself, I think it would only make sense if it will increase the market value of the land. Because otherwise, there is minimal benefit to oneself.

On the other hand, if you are okay with taking a shot in the dark, doing so may or may not attract potential buyers. If you explain what is going on in the land, you might be able turn someone into a permie.

It just depends on what your goals are and whether you think it is worth taking the risk.
 
Meryt Helmer
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I think if you are wanting to leave something for future people You could plant a few fruit trees. I wonder what you can do to both add monetary value and also add things that will encourage others to try their hand at permaculture. maybe find food plants that do well in your area but are also very pretty to look at.
 
Dillon Nichols
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I think Meryt is right, fruit trees can last a long time, and it's also the sort of thing that's touted on sales sheets. How about a grape vine or two, on a nice salvaged-wood trellis? A hardy kiwi?

I would expect sticking with fruits that non-permies will recognize would be the best way to keep the appeal broad; then, if you happen to rope in someone who seems interested, you can start talking companion plantings, guilds, etc. Speaking of companion plantings, some flowers to spruce up the yard can't hurt... and if they just happen to attract beneficials/repel pests/build soil...

I would think the sales appeal of hugelkultur beds might be a bit limited in general... but right along the fence as you describe might not look too weird to the normals. You could slap some lumber across the front and level the top, and tada, a conventional raised bed!

What about portable infrastructure, like a compact greenhouse or shed that you could take with you when you go? Doesn't make much sense if you wouldn't have a use at your next base, but could show potential to viewers, and if they want it... great, pony up.
 
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