March 10, 2013
My general understanding is to work with what you have, and aim for practices that are healthy, sustainable and that cross-compliment. I'm pulling out quite a few plants if they are not native, require a lot of water and/or are not beneficial in any way to birds or bees. I'm re-planting with attractive, (mostly) native and fuss-free plants that have specific purposes such as providing wildlife food year round, or Ceanothus, a water-free privacy screen.
I'm a very competent hands-on guy; built a greenhouse in the backyard, and could build a boat if so inclined...
I'm looking to learn from like-minded people, and some day I may have enough growing seasons under my belt to have something to share with others.
For now I have a great deal on my plate building the backyard garden. With the greenhouse, (established) fruit trees, and several garden beds I'm trying to set up a kitchen garden that provides some basic vegetable staples year-round with lots of bonus plants at different seasons such as picking flowers and pumpkins.
Hi, I'm Doug, and I've recently bought my first house, on a quarter acre lot with a large backyard that I'll be utilizing as a pretty big garden.