I'm well aware that with a lot of work and money, I could have a yard of perfectly manicured grass, helped along by copious amounts of fertilizer, water, and pesticides. Of course that wouldn't solve the problem of having to mow... but I guess I could hire someone to do that. Somehow the prospect of all that isn't the least bit appealing to me. I can't get past the fact that all those resources are going toward something that offers nothing back and is potentially harmful to WeeHavyn and her family.
What if I could use that space to grow food? Well, a vegetable garden isn't really an option. The steeply sloped soil is rocky and everything is partially shaded. Annual plants need deep, rich soil and lots of sunshine to be able to gather the energy they need to produce in just one growing season. Yet the common vegetable garden isn't the only way to produce food and it certainly isn't the easiest, especially in less than ideal conditions.Using perennials allows one to baby new plants for a year or two and then just maintain and harvest after that.
|Hardy Kiwi, Blueberry, and Goji Berry plants.|