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Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Since last year (or in fact starting the winter before with preparations) I am busy with the metamorphosis of my front yard. It's about 8 x 8.5 m, I don't know how that's in 'acres' and 'yards', at the south-eastern side of the building (I live in a ground-floor apartment). It was all surrounded by liguster-hedges. This early spring I made an opening in the south-eastern hedge, to have more sunlight in the garden. Maybe next year I'll make an opening at the other side of the same hedge (if needed).

Close-up of the opening (low cut part) of the hedge, and the beans I planted there.

Not being chronologic I started the project with a 'Permaculture Herb Spiral'. Suited for the Dutch (moderate, rainy, windy, often clouded) climate: the spiral of stones/tiles/ blocks provides different micro-climates (sunny, shaded, protected by the low wall), for growing different mediterranean and other kitchen / medicinal herbs.

Here you see the Herb Spiral as it was early this year (end of winter).

Another thing I did last year was my Rainwater Collecting System with Small Pond. The photo says more than a thousand words


I'll tell and show you more in next post
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Photo to show the Herb Spiral last summer.


This year the Rainwater Collecting System is combined with a 'Hugel'. Used concrete tiles, cut trees and branches, plus an amount of soil covered the gutter and made it into a sort of hill. So I got a garden bed that catches more sunlight and -warmth and still keeps the humidity inside. The side close to the house has a steep wall of tiles. I use that to put potted plants on (in my collection of terracotta pots). There's room to sit there, next to the house, on not-so-warm-but-sunny days.

Here you see it on a rainy day, through the (open) living-room window.

This is it for now. More news next time
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Today (May 10th) I made some sunny photos of it all.

The 'Hugel', I named it 'Mont Valise', with the Rainwater Harvesting System and Pond and the little corner with chair (now too hot in the sun).


Herb Spiral, future tomato spot and the entrance of my garden (named Portal Berde).


After some chop-and-drop activities.
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Because the Pond wasn't visible on the other photo, here another one.

This is the part with most flowers now in May. Other parts will get their flowers later. At the right hand of the Pond you see an experiment: plant container with turnip-tops above the water gutter (not aquaponics, there isn't a constant flow of water here).
 
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Another corner of the garden, to show you my Grapevine. It gets sun here from early morning till about 4 p.m. That's nice for the grapes, but too much for sitting on my blue bench (have to do something about that ... )
 
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Celebrate! A frog in my pond! Welcome! There are plenty of slugs for my little friend to eat here.
You have to look very well at this close-up-photo. Under the right leaf of the left waterplant you can see it peek out with one eye But I really saw it. I was doing some odd gardening jobs and then heard 'bloob'. The well known sound of leaping frog, so I turned my head to the pond ... yes, there it was!
 
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Thanks for sharing the photos, Inge! This looks awesome! Are any of your neighbors doing anything like this?
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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Jordon Thompson wrote:Thanks for sharing the photos, Inge! This looks awesome! Are any of your neighbors doing anything like this?

Hi Jordon. Most of my neighbours like gardening, but they don't have edible plants, or only some berries and strawberries. I think they don't know 'permaculture' at all. Today a lady living a ittle further on the street happened to pass by while I was in the garden. She started talking 'you like gardening, don't you?' and 'what flower is this?' and I told her about the kitchen herbs and veggies I had. She looked interested.

We just started a permaculture group in this neighbourhood. We can (probably) use a small corner in a park*, for a community garden. An educative project on permaculture and how to do it as a community. We'd like this to start spreading, first to people living close-by and then to other parts of this town, and villages around it, etc.
* see photo
 
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Finally, after many dry days, the rain came!. I quickly planted some new plants. Of course plants like moist soil. But ... slugs and snails like that too
Nevertheless my garden does it best to grow. It looks green in most parts (with ground-cover sedums). Chives and beans are blooming. And the neighbourhood project is doing well too (there's a thread I wrote about that too).
 
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I think I got myself confused. I have another thread about my garden (project) too (in the 'urban' forum). I posted my new photos there. Nevermind. So I have two threads going on

Latest news now: I made videos of my garden. After looking so many nice and wonderful 'vlogs' by Justin and Rebekah Rhodes, I tried it myself, with my new tablet. Here you can see them:



I hope you enjoy them
 
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The other topic is here: http://www.permies.com/t/48736/urban/Permaculture-small-Dutch-town
 
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whoever gave me the pie and the apple: thank you very much
 
Inge Leonora-den Ouden
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So I'll post my new video here
If you don't understand the Dutch language: I use my window sil as a greenhouse, sowed seeds of lettuce, red beets, tomatoes, cucumber, etc. In the video you can see the seedlings look good. Since I made it (some days ago) most have grown even more. Also the melons.
 
 
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Some new photos of my garden.

the kale from which I ate the leaves during winter has now turned into a wonderful bouquet of yellow flowers!


those small plants have grown from seeds in my window sil, now I 'harden' them, putting them out in the morning and back inside in the evening.
red beets, romain lettuce and nicotiana
at the wall (at the warm side of the house) you see pea flowers
 
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