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Our Homegrown Park Progress: Our Private National Park is Registered and Here Is Our Progress in Pictures

Began prepping the ground and setting plan in motion end of January / first of February 2023:

Update: August 2023

Description of our steps  

  • first we marked off the space, 65 x 25 ft (1,625 sq ft) at the top of our backyard, just in front of the property line of big pine trees
  • next lay down cardboard to kill the grass (hint: furniture stores have big boxes – for free – they already flatten for recycle and are glad for you to haul off for them)
  • lined up irregular rectangle boulders to form a border and to keep the mulch and soil in place (as the yard is about 45 degree slope it could wash down)
  • we brought in some compost from a neighbor (again free) and spread it out
  • mulched up leaves on top and water it down so it stays in place when the wind blows
  • then we had 24 tons of soil and mulch delivered
  • several days of shoveling and raking to spread it out
  • added an archway and planted grapes to climb over it
  • installed a worm bin and added a bee bath (shallow dish with stones near the ground)
  • created the pathway through the center with mulch
  • began planting ONLY plants native to Virginia
  • Bought a metal bench and pulled out an old wheelbarrow and our granddaughter helped paint them as rainbows
  • planted more plants, and more plants
  • expanded by another 28×25 ft = 700 sq feet, moved the boulders to the outside edge
  • placed cardboard to kill the grass then topped it with soil and mulch
  • planted the fig trees and Yucca Plants in the new addition
  • butterflies, birds, praying mantis and bees are showing up
  • the side of the house converted to garden area 6×22 ft = 132 sq ft
  • created compost bins out of pallets (5×15 ft) and another on ground compost pile is (5×22 ft) for a total of 185 sq ft
  • front flower bed is 3×17 (51 sq ft)
  • the front hillside which is actually steeper than the back is marked off and planted with wildflowers 25×65 = 1,625 sq ft
  • the pictures below were the result we were aiming towards – only flowers native to this area in Virginia, tall flowers nearest the pine trees then shorter flowers near the front edge, we added a walkway winding through the middle. We made it perfectly and have 4,318 sq ft of pollinator gardens and 515 vegetable gardens. We have converted a total of 4,833 sq feet from “lawn”

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By way of interest, the history of our vegetable gardens since 2019 as a single small front garden then doubled in size to 13×8 ft in 2020 and covered as a greenhouse in 2021. In 2020 we had a 4×5 small garden #2 which then increased to 15×15 ft in 2021. We added garden #3 as a 12×15.5 ft in 2022. Making 515 sq ft of vegetable garden space plus additional flowers beside and in front of the house.

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