|Stage 1 of the prep: Garden boxes have been ripped out.|
But when Susie suggested I take on her front yard, I couldn't resist. I have known her for years and that front yard has always been a pretty big mess. Not to say that it wasn't functional. She had rain barrels out there, catching water, and two large raised boxes for growing vegetables and strawberries. She had lovely little ceramic pots full of succulents all over the porch, and decorative things hanging above.
|Work in progress. It happened fast!|
I mean, this is her front door we are talking about! The portal to her life. I talked about this a bit before, when I was working on my own porch. But for Susie's house it was especially important because she is creating a permaculture education center there and frequently hosts parties and events.
Susie is also a healer who is really into Chinese Medicine and the I-Ching. And she lives in a culturally diverse neighborhood where not everyone knows about permaculture and organic living. So it made sense from every direction to create a front yard and entryway that would be beautiful and welcoming, plus educational and inspiring.
|Voila! Much better!|
We used urbanite from her de-paved driveway to make mini-patios on either side of her porch. This will give her a place to put those cute little succulent pots, and still leave room for people to hang out on the small porch. We took the old prayer flags and broken windchimes down, leaving the space feeling more open and fresh.
I also spent some time getting to know the delightful Kelda Miller, and making ephemeral art around Susie's site. There were a lot of different projects happening at once, and it was nice to create tiny islands of beauty amidst the chaos.
I am still pretty committed to keeping my permaculture work close to home. But I realized through this that I do still enjoy gardening with others in this type of project, and am really happy that I said YES!