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Mini-hugel SUCCESS in SE Louisiana / New Orleans backyard urban foolishness  RSS feed

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Location: New Orleans
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Howdy y'all, I have been wanting to share my results on this project.  Been living here 3 years and have built an awesome little pocket garden..  Seeing increased biodiversity that is unprecedented - this year I have the additional benefit of insect fodder (several tall patches of grass and 'weeds' which i see is habitat...

but the coolest part has been finally Obtaining A Yield!  Plus now I have something to brag about..  ANyway I hope someone gets a kick out of this!

 If you live in the area and want to come play, just give me a holler

Been having difficulty getting this thing on.   So I'll just go one mini berm at a time!  Starting with the first one.

Plant species I knowingly encouraged here:

Banana Musa Bajoo from Florida Hill nursery  (has survived 2 years and is reproducing, but no flower or fruit yet)

Veriegated "Pink" lemon unknown supplier - salvaged

Eugenia (salvaged)

Lemongrass grown from retail nursery stock

Squash (renee's garden seeds)

Red Okra (RG)

Rainbow corn (RG)

In the past I also grew Citronella in this bed and some annual flowers.

Have spotted a frog and many lizards making their home here.
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The first berm I did here, now in its 3rd summer
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Bananas have done well and reproduced. Did not seem to mind the cold snap we had in 2017-18 winter
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Earlier in 2018.
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Happy okra
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young corn recieves support from a repurposed pool ladder
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I also have a shopping basket planter thing going
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squash in early summer
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Red banana, hibiscus didn't make it thru the winter, sadly... Nor has lemongrass quite recovered (picture from 2016/17
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First planting after completion in 2016/17. Bananas and papaya all came from Florida Hill nursery
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And one more picture of berm 1
Arella Landman II
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Location: New Orleans
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The Second Berm, was partially built in 2016 and 17, including having one blackberry put in, and then "finished" this year .  I knew it was more for edibles, so I used wood that was not finished or painted .  Mostly 'raw' tree parts when I could but some lumber scrap too.  Also incorporates a tire into one edge. Not sure why but there it is.  This is one of two berms which now form a living wall between my backyard and the street behind.  

Cultivated Species  include:

Amethyst Falls wisteria

morning glory vines (bright purple)

lavender (french)

Golden Fig tree

2 different Blackberry bushes (one of which fruited this year and was delicious) from FLorida Hill nursery

rainbow corn from (Renee Garden)

Sweet Olive

hybrid cajun hibiscus "April Dawn"  blooms silvery pink ( from Dupont)

jumbo mixed sunflowers (Renee Garden)

Red Okra (RG)
Purple Bush beans (RG)

Also added a new banana (dwarf/ Apple from Flordia Hill), which has done great and already outgrowing it's neghbors!! Go go gadget bananas!

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Side view of how I went about expanding. Pulled back existing mulch and just piled in as many large sticks as I could, le voile
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First fruits!! OMG so exciting. Ever since I was a permie baby, I have dreamt of that magical moment... when you actually grow some freaking food... ^_^
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And it goes on
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And then I got to plant it up!! And it took off super quick!
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Starting to look like a proper garden! There are some bush beans in the lower corner which have since perished. And the sunflowers bloomed huge and fell over
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My lovely morning glories!! Purchsed nursery stock and transplanted in the spring
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You can see from the man standing there, the slope of the sidewalk. This is typical for this region ..many pedestrians actually walk and bike in the roadway itself, where it is more even
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wisteria in second year, new blackberry , apple banana and red okra
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Third Berm , built entirely this year.  Its the prettiest one, Because I knew what the crap I was doing by this point. (sort of)  I wanted to engage the pedestrian walkway in a charming, beautiful and pleasurable view.  So lots of flowers and non edibles were included.  It is also an extension of the blackberry bramble scheme as it has a third varietal installed inside the stacked tires on the right hand side. Outer corner.  I planted it outside because it is ultimately for the community of the future ^_^ #ubuntu

This is all open source agriculture, so check out my process.  Please do Try it at home!

Feat' Species include:

Pink Honeysuckle from nursery stock, is placed in the corner by the wooden fence.  Eventually I want it to cover the fence !  

Eugenia (salvaged)

double yield cucumbers (RG)

Rainbow corn (RG)

Dianthus, purple

pink and red zinnias (planted under blackberry)

frostproof gardenia  <3

blue columbine (now dead)

squash - they struggle to outpace the pests .  Meh

yellow climbing nasturtiums.  (Not pictured yet)

Red cypress vine.  Beautiful fluffy vine with red flowers.  Ends up covering the bean tree frame and lacing through corn and sunflowers!

one small pot of sweet potato only!  It will take over BEAUTIFULLY in this environment.  I grew so much last year and it did feed me although I got tired of eating it.  First world problems

Guava tree , nursery stock

4 types of beans, both bush and pole.  Yello, green and purple (all from RG), as well as red kidney beans from Camellia

Jumbo mixed color sunflowers from Renee Garden - have already yielded bunches o' seeds !!  Huzzah
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Starting point
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building it up
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Backed off view from inside the yard
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As it started to grow in, let's say mid May
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Victory is sweet indeed
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What's Inside. Incorporating tires is simply because there are so many of them in the landscape... The design is an evolving conversation with the urban environment
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O my. What a mess
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miss ya , buddy
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As above, so below
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it just keeps growing. No programmed irrigation added yet at this point. (May?)
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View from outside by street
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Cypress vine begins to bloom. After days of war in the rain, myself and reptile clan have driven snails back into balance.
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Despite some lossed, ecosystem is humming along well. Fuller growth. Really a nice fence now..
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Cool little hollow spot. Where cats sometimes rest
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Very nicely done!  Great results, and you'll probably be improving the soil for years to come.   I'm jealous of that banana!!
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