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Curtis Mullin
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What would you guys do with this 1/2 acre garden space?

So the 1/2 acre garden space in the back is pretty rough. I cut some second growth 2"-5" birch, a few years ago already so I doubt that they are not likely much good for fence rails (there's literally only a single cedar on this property). Maybe one 3' x 3' x 3' rock, a few smaller ones at about maybe 2' x 2' x 2'; some mostly smaller "carry-size" rocks, and some left over trunks and root systems from the birch I mowed down a few years ago. The rest is mostly blackberry and raspberry growth that must be tended to, or entirely cut back. Strawberries grow wild here too, but they are microscopic. The land is fed by a spring uphill which nearly dries out in August (unless I fix that with some digging, a pipe/pool system, and a fountain (there's really only enough for one decent spring/pool area which would be about 10' x 10' x 20'. Or should I just go ahead and plant a bunch of grass there and spend the rest of my life mowing it before it grows in order to drown out the noise pollution of my neighbours who spend their entires days mowing their lawns the size of fields in order to drown out the noise pollution of their neighbours who spend their entires days mowing their lawns the size of fields in order to drown out the noise pollution of their neighbours etc.?


Here's a short video of about half of it, looking SW at a few deer this morning:



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Looking South East
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Looking South
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Looking North West
 
Amit Enventres
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Hi Curtis,

My first instinct is it's hard to plan without knowing shade coverage. Looks like all the deciduous trees haven't leafed out yet, so that spot might be dark by July, or perhaps it's on a slope facing south?
 
Curtis Mullin
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Thanks for the response. Correct, when looking south at noon there is a slight band of shade no more than ten feet long from the base of the tree line out to the tip of it's shadow cast out into the garden area (a good place for planting shade-happy crops there, in that southern arc of shade, I figure) though for the most part the space will get at least 6-8 hours of decent sunlight. But there are a few 2' x 3' x 2' rocks and two 3' x 3' x 3' that might ideally be moved... fire pit... benches... pool rocks... spa rocks? I don't know. There is one 5' x 10' x 10' natural bowl depression/spring which could be made into either a pool/fountain or spa. But I would like to avoid using a machine... horses? How many? Or leverage mechanisms somehow?

Then what to plant? Its only about 1/2 acre, so main crops like potatoes etc. but what else?

Cheers.
 
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