I have many dreams of my garden. Some involve more space than others. So I don't get too crazy, I'll just stick with my dream for the space I have now. We only started here two years ago, so it was a clean slate and it's still a work in progress. I like to stick to the attainable dream so I don't drive myself crazy. I'm not ready to move again yet.
The first part of our dream involves food. Probably the second and third part, or just about all of the parts involve food. We love flowers, but we find we're often moving them somewhere else so a food plant can go in that spot. Food plants have flowers too!
Part two also involves food. Chickens! Maybe ducks too! Although I'm sure they'll end up more like pets and we will only eat the eggs. These chickens will be running all over the yard eating the bad bugs and pooping out good plant food! I've been dreaming of chickens or ducks for years, hopefully by the end of this summer, or next.
Now we need a place to cook and eat this food. The deck is built, but we need nice furniture and perhaps a bar. The deck has gentle fans to keep mosquitos away, and repurposed sails for sun blocks and privacy screens. An old boat is docked next to the deck and is used as a planter. We have a slight nautical theme for this deck. Maybe we'll have a fire pit below the deck, or a brick oven. There's also a nice front porch with curtains and plants hanging all over. It will be a nice place to watch the sunset.
Since I am an herbalist and make teas, there will be many medicinal and culinary herbs growing in gardens and wherever else they might be happy. Chamomile, echinacea, calendula, yarrow, raspberry, valerian, hops, roses, mints, basil, and a million more! They might be vertical, or spiral, or just scattered.
We'll have bees and all kinds of birds and butterflies fluttering around! We can collect honey and bee pollen from our hives. This might take a while since I first have to get over my fear of bees.
We have a bat box, but in our dreams, bats actually live there! We put two up there because one just wasn't big enough!
We have rain barrels set up to help with the watering. We might need to add some more in other places. There will be lots of plants needing water!
We'll have to use vertical arrangements to fit more in.
The back yard is very private with all kinds of edibles or medicinals growing everywhere, forming fences and walls. Winding pathways guide you throughout the yard into little pockets of heaven. It's definitely not a huge yard. But every space will be used but not overcrowded. Much of the building materials will be re-used or re-purposed. Paradise on a quarter acre!