When we moved here in 2003, I had no idea I would one day embrace the mission of converting the huge lawn to something more attractive as well as more productive. Even so, I knew I would be making many changes and took photos to help me remember what the place looked like at the outset.
|Our 160 years-old farmhouse as it appeared in 2003.|
The biggest change has nothing to do with lessening lawn space. I refer to the addition of the front porch that extends across the entire front and includes a front room addition that extends out from the old porch to the left of the concrete steps.
|Front yard viewed from the porch, 2011.|
The area of dead grass in the middle ground will host something else come spring. Don't know what yet. Perhaps sweet potatoes, wild strawberries or creeping thyme until my budget or imagination comes up with alternatives.
My plan is for wild strawberries and cinque foil to fill in as ground covers in the evergreen garden in the background. These plants are in place, but they have a big job ahead of them. I've seen a front yard filled with these two plants so expect great things of them.
This section of the front yard is the only area on the entire property that is approaching being "finished," and I'm pleased with the way it's going. It's not permaculture, which is my goal for some areas of the yard, but this is, I feel, a vast improvement over nothing but grass, grass everywhere! I like some grass as a place for grandchildren to kick a ball around or to put up a badminton net, but that's about it.
My son's Christmas gift to me was a copy of Gaia's Garden, which I'm studying and devouring for information and inspiration. What a cool way to wait for spring!