We often have clients who request specific things for their gardens. Many times those requests are purely functional or perhaps budget related, but sometimes we get really awesome suggestions.
For this garden, we were asked to incorporate a number of unique edible plants in order to appease the inquisitive nature of the fruit loving child of the household. Our designer, Kelly Sullivan of Botanique Flowers, did a wonderful job including lots of wonderful plants including Chilean guava, a cherry tree, an apple tree, blueberries, huckleberries, gooseberries, and more! We also incorporated a small hugelcultur bed in the front yard with herbs and strawberries, as well as a small winecap mushroom patch.
To help enjoy their new front yard oasis of edible goodness, we put in a lovely patio space, a couple of raised bed troughs for vegetable growing, and planted out the parking strips in the front and sides of the house. These parking strips are full of aromatic, drought tolerant plants that will do well in our northwest summers and winters. They are also pollinator friendly, which will bring all the bees and hummingbirds to the yard.
I'm excited to see the bounty in the coming years, as we look forward to maintaining and sustaining this delectable edible garden space.
As many of you may know, I teach about mushrooms. Foraging them, how to find them, growing them, and eating them. Recently, I've done a couple of classes on mushrooms, and have had a great response from clients who would like mushroom patches of their own. Often times in landscaping, there is that awkward space under the stairs, or a completely shady corner where nothing grows. Well, today is the day, folks. Stone Soup Gardens has been doing mushroom patches galore the last month or so, and we are thrilled to see such an abundance of soon-to-be-shrooms!
One project that I'm proud to share is in the Columbia City neighborhood, not far from my own awesome patch. These clients are near and dear to me because of their deep love of all things permaculture. Our fabulous designer, Jacqueline Kramer of Design Collaborators, created an amazing space full of northwest edibles. We built them a lovely hugelcultur bed, an herb spiral, and a lovely backyard patio with steps down to a gravel gathering space. We also inoculated an area under the stairs with turkey tail mushrooms, put birch bolete spores under the birch tree in the front yard, and added a sawdust patch for our clients to do their own experiments in mushroom cultivation.
In addition to all that wonderfulness, we were able to use all the materials we pulled out of the yard, to build the yard back up! This includes logs, branches, and sod for soil building for the hugelcultur bed. The best kind of recycling! The clients also had a mushroom class in their own yard so that they would know how to tend their new mushroom patches, what to look for when harvesting, how to harvest, and how to prepare the beds for winter.
Are you interested in growing mushrooms? Do you want to learn more about hugelcultur beds and soil building? Contact Stone Soup Gardens today. We would love to show you all the wonderful joys of our northwest climate!
Author Susan MacLaren
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