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Some photos from my Front Yard:

Potatoes shoots are starting to leaf out. I'm pretty sure this is All Blue:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6941.jpg[/img]
This one's Adirondak Blue -- sorry it's a bit blurry but isn't the color amazing!?
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6940.jpg[/img]

Chocolate Cherry sunflower seedlings. If these colors are any indication.... 8)
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6942.jpg[/img]

I've planted some flowers around the poor Tyson pear. I transplanted some Purple-veined Lyre-leaf Sage here and one is starting to flower. Other seedling sages are Salvia coccinea Forest Fire and Lady in Red, and perennial Wild Blue Salvia azurea. The bronze-leaved red-flowered wax begonias should play off the other colors.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6946.jpg[/img]

Further out in the front lawn I have these:
Some kind of volunteer maple. I'm REALLY hoping this is a Sugar Maple:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6933.jpg[/img]
I think it goes well with the small-leafed but same red leaf-stemmed Japanese maple nearby. This was grown from a seedling from a friend's old house and hers was a small spreading tree:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image6934.jpg[/img]

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Your backyard sounds gorgeous! I love the amazing variety you have. I wish my plants were that successful. I only have a small amount of things growing but I'm wanting to do more herbs and tasty stuff. I love all the beauty of it all :) I want a big luscious garden like yours someday. Great use of space!
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LOVE ALL THIS!!!!! Awesome stuff... thanks for sharing!
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I'm jealous of the mulberries and paw paws..been trying..i have ordered mulberries more than once and they keep substituting wild plums saying the mulberry crop failed..so i gave up.

and then i planted paw paws and they didn't make it..so a friend sent me ripe paw paws and i put in the seeds..but they evidently rotted or something as i still haven't seen any paw paw babies.

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it's just beautiful! I love a living yard.
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Here's an update on my Front Yard fence row featuring the chickenwire potatoe towers. DH asked me why I'm growing "silos" He is not happy. :roll:

As you can see, the potatoes are starting to flower. :D
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7002.jpg[/img]
The black bottomless pot contains Bushel Gourd that just sprouted.
I need to mulch this one some more.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7003.jpg[/img]
The black bottomless pot contains Atlantic Giant Pumpkins that have just grown their first true leaves.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7004.jpg[/img]

You can see the popcorn starting to grow. Oh -- I only have one sunflower left. Predation by slugs and snails (presumably) has been devastating. I've resorted to using organic slug bait/killer (Iron phosphate) after returning from 3 consecutive slug hunt mornings with a cup full of slugs and snails. With corn and sunflowers, if they can just outgrow the slugs, they'll be OK.

Quinoa hasn't sprouted -- old seeds, Blackeyed peas have been spotty, and Azuki beans have sprouted. I guess I'll just sow more Blackeyed peas.

... and no, I have NOT told DH about the giant gourd and pumpkin plants.... 8)

June Update:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7288.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7287.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7292.jpg[/img]
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I know you were all just dying to see the Citrus Collection :wink: The newly purchased Myeri Lemon has recovered from the uppotting and is now bursting with buds/blooms.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7025.jpg[/img]

There were some folks talking about polyculture/polycropping. Here's mine :D
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7016.jpg[/img]
The lone pea that sprouted and grew (out of an entire row along the near string trellis) is basically done and needs to be cut down. Cabbage has pretty much headed and is ready to be harvested to give the tomato room to grow. The daikon seeds are almost mature enough to cut down the plant. You can see the melon seedlings in the near left corner, poised to take over when the lettuce are gone.
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June Update:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7273.jpg[/img]
Yep, I gotta get that cabbage out of there. :roll:
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[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7021.jpg[/img]
(The garlic looks almost white, but that's just light over-exposure from the westering sun)
I planted a few sweet potato slips in available empty spots.
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Oh. I forgot to mention that those Azuki beans were planted from a bag of organic dry beans purchased 2 years ago at a Korean supermarket. Kept in ordinary cupboard.... The Blackeyed peas are from a newly purchased packet of seeds.... I did sow 3 to a spot for Azuki and 2 to a spot for the Blackeyed, but c'mon! Azuki seedlings are growing in each and every spot! :roll:

Hmm... :idea: Maybe this goes back to the Native plant vs. Non-native plant problem. Could it be that the local slugs and snails are not familiar with/unable to digest the Korean Azuki beans and aren't eating the sprouted seedlings?

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You may be on to something there Apple, but don't put all your chickens in one basket they will learn to eat them if they need to.

By the way looking good as always. I truly admire your style. :D

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Thanks everyone! :()
I love the beginning of the season after all the winter plans and schemes for the garden have been implemented, and they start to grow and show a promise (hopefully) of turning out the way they were envisioned. :-()

... of course I still have a few more NEW PROJECT! on my list ... :wink:

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Update photos of my Potato "Silos" Potato flowers are SO PRETTY! And the bumble bees are going nuts over them -- looks like they're gathering pollen.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7147.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7148.jpg[/img]

Those are the Atlantic Giant Pumpkins on the lower right corner :D

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More photos of the Front Yard Edible Landscaping.
I *like* the way the Potato Silos look. They look like big shrubs in planters:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7180.jpg[/img]

Atlantic Giant Pumpkins. Since this photo was taken, I went out yesterday evening and found the first two corn in the photo bitten off and lying on the ground! BUNNIES :evil:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7188.jpg[/img]

Bushel Gourd. Lone remaining Chocolate Cherry Sunflower in this location in lower left corner next to some kind of mushrooms that sprung up in the Bumper Crop soil amendment used as mulch.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7189.jpg[/img]

So the potatoes are in full flower now, which should mean that a month from now, they'll be harvested and the pumpkins and the gourd will have more space to sprawl (I hope I'll have the room to harvest the potatoes). I can use the potato mulch as needed under the vines. I could flatten the chicken wire against the fence in case they're inclined to climb (I don't want them getting in between the fence where the espalier are planted because there are other things planted there already). Hmm... on second thought I probably shouldn't let them climb... I momentarily forgot that these are GIANT vegs. :roll:

-- Update photos from 6/29: Atlantic Giants are starting to vine. There were 2 male flowers this (7/2) morning too :() --
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7398.jpg[/img]
The Bushel Gourd is also taking off in two different directions (there are 3 plants). I'll get a photo to post tomorrow. The potatoes in the far silo behind the gourd have started to flop over (they were taller than the fence) and got bent on the edge of the chickenwire fence, so I'm just piling them on top of each other inside the silo so as not to shade the beans and the gourd.
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I found a tree today, that is totally loaded.

We were looking over the black cohosh, and looking for gingseng, and one tree, we both stopped and looked, it was familiar, finally, our eyes kept travelling upwards, and what was nestled up in the canopy?

A harvest fit for a king! Hmmm did I say that I adore Paw paw's?

[img]https://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/Ozark_Lady/100_2550_phixr.jpg[/img]

If we can beat the raccoons and possums, we should have seeds for anyone who would like some.
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"Where oh, where is Miss Ozark Lady?
... Where oh, where is Miss Ozark Lady? .... "
https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/pawpaw.htm :wink:

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Hey cool! You know it is actually a patch. Both locations have dozens of paw paw plants, but this upper patch only has one that has fruit.

I didn't mean to steal your thread. Do you want some seed when they get ripe? I do need to warn you, the foliage has a lovely appearance, but can't take sun, and they have a rank smell to the foliage.

The fruits taste great! But you might need several to get one to produce, I wonder if they are alternate years, or just I have alot of male trees?

These are wild, not cultivated ones.
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Don't worry, I love seeing photos from your Edible Landscape too!

As for the seeds... YOU KNOW IT! I'd love some seeds! :lol: :wink:
Could you maybe manage seeds from 2 or more different fruits, individually marked? (You know, "A", "B", etc.?) That way, I can sow 2 or 3 seeds from each one and end up with 2 or 3 trees with hopefully different genetic combinations that will allow for cross pollination. I'm pretty sure fruits from the same tree is OK.

(Please someone correct me if I'm wrong.)
I do need to warn you, the foliage has a lovely appearance, but can't take sun, and they have a rank smell to the foliage.
I've heard about the smell. :o And the part about the sun, maybe that's my problem with the one seedling tree I have. The 2nd seedling tree that was planted with it died, and this one is not growing very well either. This year, the front yard popcorn, once they grow a little bit more, will help shade it, and right now, I'm letting all kinds of weeds grow all around it in hopes that they'll nurse it along.

I think I'll try planting the seedlings from your seeds in the backyard by the back fence where it's perpetually shady from the Mulberry and the Oak trees. I can give the front yard seedling a pollination companion, too. 8) (See, I'm counting the chickens already... :lol:)

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If I get the energy, I will wander down the hill, and look in the ravine for more paw paw's, that will really give ya some diversity.

I really like to eat paw paw's so needing to get you some seed from a little more distance, at least a different tree is just a good excuse.

The tree these are on is only about 10' tall. Huge canopy, and it really gets about an hour of direct sunlight per day? I don't know if it matters, but my eastern sun paw paw died. But all the productive ones get just the setting sun. The ones with no sun at all, have no fruit! Hmm?

Oh another interesting thing... it has a huge wild rose growing right beside the trunk! That helps keep critters out!

But, I bet you can keep these pruned to a reasonable height. Just remember to keep it second story, not top!

These are right beside my forest garden, and are alot of the reason that I have to clear so carefully, the mulberries on the east and the paw paw's on the north. Thank goodness the black cohosh on the west isn't so tall or thick!
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Applestar, any chance of seeing some more wide shots of your garden? I'm so impressed by what you're doing with your suburban lot but I have a hard time imagining how you fit it all in. I would love to see photos of an established permaculture landscape as a whole, especially as I am working on designing my own.

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But Sweet thunder, if I showed wide angle views, you'll be able to see all the flaws I'm trying not to reveal! :lol: OK... Let me work on that. :wink:

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Wow! You guyes are having so much fun with all of this!

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Are these the sort of wide shots you mean, Sweet thunder?

30'+ section of Front Yard Fence Row. The shrub is Corylus americana (American Hazel). The bed to the right contains the nameless Rhubarb and two blueberries as well as some strawberries, borage, yarrow, and sedum, plus a volunteer ornamental gourd.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7286.jpg[/img]

There's a gate and a gate arbor just to the right of the photo. Let's go inside, shall we?
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image4956.jpg[/img]

Same fence from the back yard side. Gate arbor with Trumpet Honeysuckle. (7/2 update: Ruby-throated hummingbird(s?) have been visiting. I noticed about 3 days ago, and it/they have been coming around every day. I can see this arbor from my bedroom window :() Typical seasonal schedule to have them arrive for the summer in beginning of July and stay around for daily visit until some time in late Sept. I did see a fly-through male in mid~late April during their Northward migration. Still trying, but not succeeding to get them to nest in or around my garden :?)
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7284.jpg[/img]
I'm going to plant Blue Vine Milkweeds (grown from Biwa's seeds - thanks!) on the other side of the gate arbor. Just cleared the Japanese Honey suckle from there which was a volunteer that had a temporary reprieve until the native honeysuckle established. It was a home to a Robin's nest earlier this spring. 3 babies were successfully reared and fledged, but they didn't return for repeat -- I don't know if Robins do that like Mourning Doves and Cardinals or not.
The bird house on the Front Yard side -- which faces North -- isn't occupied (yet?), but a pair of House Wrens have moved into this one, so the Garden Patrol will continue. 2 Starkrimson Rhubarb, a Royal Black hot pepper, and a couple of Borage as well as a volunteer curcurbit of some sort (to be ID'd) along the first fence panel. Kiwi Gold Raspberries are along the 2nd fence panel.
Here's the Robin's nest:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7267.jpg[/img]


Pan to the right and you'll see the Old Sunflower House garden, the Hayflake/Modified Haybale New Sauce Tomato Bed beyond, and the Espaliers against the fence.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7285.jpg[/img]

Same fence from further back with the Yellow Crookneck in the foreground. Bamboo stakes will support spillover heirloom tomatoes, also in the Sunny Meadow Garden. A row of Green Cotton beyond the Yellow Crookneck. I also planted a Giant Orange Bell pepper somewhere in there.... :wink:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7277.jpg[/img]

... and from even further back. The Carolina Gold Rice Paddy, which will henceforth be the Native Bog Garden, is to the right of the photo in the corner of the last fence panels. You can barely see the mulched spot at the right edge of the frame where I planted the Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Bush):
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7274.jpg[/img]

There! A nickel tour of this part of my garden. :D
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Hold it!
Where is the lawn swing, or garden bench?
With such a gorgeous back yard, I know you spend alot of time back there. Don't ya ever get tired, and want to just sit and enjoy?

Don't tell me a master gardener, has only a fold up chair, which you drag out when you go?

Or, or, works so much there is no time to just enjoy?
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:lol: If you look [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=143280#143280]here[/url]. You'll see that the tour ended at my hammock under the plum trees. :wink:

Where the folding chair is, I want to put down a tiny flag stone patio and one of those metal cafe table and chairs. But a folding chair will suffice for now. :D

BTW, I supplemented many of the previous photos in this thread with update photos from late June. Take a look if you'd like to see the progression from Spring to Summer. 8)

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It's beautiful, applestar. Thanks so much for posting those. It must seem like there are surprises around every corner in your garden!

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Thank you for your kind words :D Some day, I'll get everything the way I envision.... Half the fun is in the planning though! 8)

...and the plants have a way of surprising you.
For instance, I'm not sure if I allotted enough space for the yellow squash.... :shock:
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In a word.....FANTASTIC!

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Latest Front Yard Fence Row --

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin side:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7421.jpg[/img]

Bushel Gourd side:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7422.jpg[/img]

Further to the right -- California #5 buckeye peas ends at this fence post and Azuki beans are planted to the right. Sweet potatoes are taking off and have met the Bushel Gourd.... Well, there's always the lawn for them to spread out to. :lol:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7423.jpg[/img]



It sort of tell you something that the popcorn is growing the best here out of the 3 corn locations I planted this year. Didn't I say at some point that my sunniest spot is out in the front lawn? I'm eye'ing up the area in front of the Fence Row for next year's expansion... 8)

BTW, another reason the corn might be doing so well is because I planted them IN what was originally a small swale for the PawPaw tree, which drains the overflow out of the Native Bog Garden (former Carolina Gold Rice paddy). Despite the current drought conditions, the popcorn is always getting moisture. I planted the Atlantic Giant here because I had the notion that pumpkins need more water than gourds.

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The Yellow Crookneck has been producing despite the drought, and I finally got the chance to make my Squash Duckies 8) :()
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7463.jpg[/img]

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=148727#148727

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I've added some update photos to the first post: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=131442#131442

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was just talking to my husband about your tomato trellis on your house (he said your house looked like ours, ours is grey siding too)..anyway..I'm thinking in future summers i'll plant trellises on the front of our house..I'm tired of having to draw the shades in the summer to keep the house cool..plan is going in my brain
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Latest Front Yard Fencerow Photos:

Atlantic Giant has succumbed to SVB, but some leading vines are still crawling along the front of the popcorn. Potato Silos have been harvested and the chickenwire towers removed. The California #5 Blackeyed peas turned out to be super vigorous. They love to sneak in between the fence to tangle up in the espalier fruit trees.
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7783.jpg[/img]

Bushel Gourd is taking over the fence row, and are fruiting:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7779.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7781.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7780.jpg[/img]
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great photos..great garden..i love this stage of my garden..i feel like I am in a little secluded wonderland..a fairy tale..maybe peter rabbit
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This is an old thread, but I realized These pictures I posted in another thread would be a great way to complete it :wink:

We painted the bushel gourds and had colorful popcorn for fall decoration that year:
applestar wrote:[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image8243.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image8244.jpg[/img]
The gourds dried out well over the winter with occasional alcohol rub to keep down the mold.

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Do you take the mango and avocado trees inside?
In winter how long can they stay in those pots?
Is it hard to grow rice?
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applestar wrote:The Yellow Crookneck has been producing despite the drought, and I finally got the chance to make my Squash Duckies 8) :()
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7463.jpg[/img]

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=148727#148727
Pretty cute those quack me up.
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applestar wrote:The Yellow Crookneck has been producing despite the drought, and I finally got the chance to make my Squash Duckies 8) :()
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image7463.jpg[/img]

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=148727#148727
Pretty cute those quack me up.
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