Garden Tour July 2016

Follow along on a tour of my permaculture site. You'll see: swales, ponds, gardens, chickens, bees, and much more.

City Garden Tour

August 11, 2015 by  
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I was recently asked to be on our local garden tour. The proceeds benefit the Lebanon Historical Society. There were 12 sites on the tour, and I saw them all on the pre-tour. I was able to meet the other garden owners and take pictures of their gardens. I met some really nice people, as gardeners usually are, and I got to see some interesting things. The properties were all different in their own way, but in some ways they were very much the same. Landscapes and gardens were very tidy and weed free. Lawns were mostly chemically treated deep green and weed free. Sidewalks and hard surfaces were universally weed free. Most did not have vegetable gardens, although some did. Most did not have orchards, although one did. Most did not have animals outside of dogs and cats, although one had horses, sheep, etc… These properties were certainly beautiful in the conventionally landscaped way that mainstream society has become accustomed to. When Denise and I went on the pre-tour, and towards the end the group made it to our house, people were pretty surprised. Our property, our permaculture property was very much different from the others. My fellow garden owners were extremely complementary and supportive. One kind woman told me, “This is the way everyone should do it.” I think I was able to change perception among a few of my fellow gardeners. I also had quite a few comments from garden owners lamenting that they could never get away with this in their HOA. One the day that the tour was open to the public, we had 120 people or so that visited our permaculture site. I prepared a self –guided tour that was 1.25 miles long complete with sign posts and a write up that corresponded to the sign posts so people knew what they were looking at. There was only one person that came to our property that had ever heard of permaculture. So, 120 people were not only exposed to the word “permaculture” for the first time, but they were also shown what it is. Denise and I had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the people who took the tour, and most of them made the entire 1.25 mile hike throughout the property. I’m hoping that by allowing the public to see what we are doing and why, it will inspire others to follow suit. This will make it more difficult for the police and township to feel as powerful when they crack down on someone like me. I hope to one day live in a town and community that embraces permaculture, but most importantly embraces our freedom to choose how we want to live on our properties. I took pictures at each and every garden I visited. I found something beautiful at every garden. None of the following pictures are from my permaculture site. Enjoy the pictures below: DSC04440 DSC04441 DSC04442 DSC04444 DSC04445 DSC04446 DSC04448 DSC04449 DSC04450 DSC04452 DSC04454 DSC04455 DSC04457 DSC04458 DSC04459 DSC04463 DSC04464 DSC04466 DSC04467 DSC04468 DSC04469 DSC04470 DSC04471 DSC04473 DSC04474 DSC04476 DSC04477 DSC04479 DSC04480 DSC04482 DSC04484 DSC04486 DSC04489 DSC04490 DSC04491 DSC04492 DSC04493 DSC04496 This last one is my favorite picture. This was at the last property on the tour which is actually a bed and breakfast. I ate a not ripe apple off their tree and fed these guys the core. They were bumping each other like sumo wrestlers fighting over it. Funny chickens.

Garden Tour July 2015 Video

See my permaculture site July of 2015. Featured in the video: -Young Farm Forestry -Young Food Forestry -Zone 1 Gardens -Ponds -Swales -Top Bar Bee Hives -And Much More....

Garden Tour July 2013 Video

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See a tour of my garden and property. There have been many big changes since last year's tour. See the planted swales, keyhole beds, mandala garden, chicken paddocks, baby chicks, herb spiral, waterfall, and wildflower meadow.

Garden Tour July 2012

Below are some garden pictures I took this July 2012, I will do this again from year to year as my garden improves.

Chestnut                                                                                       Walnut

Pecan                                                                                         Pear


Mint (with tons of bees)                                                      Apple trees 

Apples and Cherries


Herb garden (sage, oregano, marjoram, thyme, chives, onions, sunchokes, sweet basil, cinnamon basil, st. johns wort, purslane, lambsquarters, cilantro)


Three sister's garden (Corn yellow and white, beans, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and zucchini)

Potatoes (Terrible grocery store rows)                            Lettuce being shaded by raspberries

Grape vine                                                                              Asian pear

Asparagus, watermelon, blue corn, cucumbers, beans, strawberries, basil

Lettuce bolting, eggplant, pepper                                       Soybeans, peas, and beans

Tomatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, lambsquarters


Chicken Pasture