Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pen to Paper: Designing a Garden (Part 2)

Notes for garden requirements

To begin I made a list of what kind of space we desired in our garden: a woodland (Cameron said we didn't have enough space, "mini woodland, it can work" I said) a meadow (I said we need more space to pull it off, it needs to be expansive, think 'the hills are alive with the sound of music' kind of meadow space. Cameron thinks we can pull it off.) a food forest, a vegie garden (no difference of opinion here)... Another list of what we want to produce from our garden, what types of outdoor living spaces we require (seating, a hammock?), what animals we wish to have (or rather how many can we accommodate), what wildlife do we wish to attract, what wildlife do we want to deter (I just saw a beautiful fox slinking down the back laneway yesterday morning), what utilities need to be housed and what structures incorporated into the garden. A seemingly simple garden has many functions to fill, and much to think about. See our list below...

Requirements for our garden:

Garden Spaces:             Meadow
                                    Rainforest/Food Forest
                                    Water Garden/Pond/Creek Bed
                                    Useful Plants: fibre, dye, mulch, construction materials
Outputs:                       Food
                                    Enjoyable Space
                                    Wildlife Habitat
                                    Cut Flowers
                                    Excess produce to sell/give
                                    Climate control the house
Outdoor Living:             Outdoor Setting & Deck           - Cool & Shaded in Summer
                                                                                  - Protected from SW winds
                                                                                  - Warm sunny spot in winter
                                                                                  - Insect repelling plants
     Seating by:                               - Stable
                                                    - Back Fence
                                                    - Front Verandah
                                                    - Vegetable Garden
Animals:                      Horse                                       - Paddock
                                                                                  - Stable
                                                                                  - Feed store room
                                  Chooks                                      - House
                                                                                  - Runs integrated into vegie beds
                                                                                  - Access to paddock for grazing
                                                                                  - Feed Storage
                                  Ducks?                                      - House
                                                                                  - Run
                                                                                  - Access to paddock for grazing
                                                                                  - Feed Storage
                                                                                  - Pond
                                  Cat                                           - Outdoor run attached to house     
                                                                                 (sun & shade areas, litter tray,      
                                                                                 grass, climbing apparatus)
                                  Dog?                                         - Secure area away from other 
                                                                                  - Dig proof area

Utilities:                    Clothesline
                                Bin storage
                                Garden tool storage
                                Animal food storage
                                Green\glass house
                                Water tanks off house, garage/carport, stable
                                Compost & worm farm
                                Grey water recycling (reed bed?)
                                Produce storage (cool, good ventilation, dry)
                                Weatherproof mud room

Read: Plotting the Plot: Designing a Garden (Part 1)

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