I got Dreams.
Glorious Garden Dreams in the middle of the Winter.
I have been pouring over photos from the lovely book I received for Christmas. "Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist: How To Have Your Yard and Eat It Too."
Michael Judd is a local boy (from Frederick County) who spent many years in Mexico and Nicaragua learning about and experimenting with Permaculture. He is a genius at turning Yards into low-maintenance Gardens and Orchards. No weeding, no watering (except for in the beginning). Seriously, why Garden any other way?
He's transformed the Gardens at Volt.
You may have heard of that place.
I listened to him speak at the Holistic Family Health Conference in Frederick, last Spring. He's a dynamic speaker. When he mentioned an upcoming book, I was thrilled.
The book didn't disappoint.
Gorgeous photos. Clear directions. And, brilliant ideas.
I am all about digging up that grass and planting useful and beautiful plants.
Even though, I was familiar with a lot of what was in the book, it was great to see more examples of "Herbal Spirals," learn about growing Mushrooms and be given so much information of Uncommon Fruits that grow well in this region.
Judd's section on Rainwater Harvesting, Swales and Rain Gardens may completely change your relationship with your Yard.
I had never heard of a "Hugelkultur" (which is a shame because it's a terrific concept and would have been helpful to know about when my Sister had all these fallen down trees in her Yard).
If you are in Maryland or Northern Virginia, you are in luck. He does 1 1/2 hr-2hr consultations starting at $175 (depending on where you are located). His schedule fills up fast, but now is the perfect time to have him come out and brainstorm with you on how to transform your Yard into a beautiful, edible Landscape.
Early Mother's Day present? Or maybe forget that fancy bouquet and expensive dinner this Valentine's Day? Hmmmm....
We will be moving from one rental house to another this Summer, so planting much is out of the question. But, there are always Mushrooms...