Lisa's Tiny Farmyard

Small, Cool Outdoors Entry #41

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Name: Lisa K.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Size: 247 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: I love the harmonious relationship between the garden plantings, the hen habitat and my stewardship. The trimmings from the garden that "don't make the plate" are given to the hens. The corn which casts shade during the heat of the day and also makes a pleasant thick fluttering sound whenever there is a breeze. I underplanted buckwheat, quinoa, flax and amaranth that the hens can forage through the fence and distracts them from the tasty cucumber, squash, beans, etc...

... I also wanted to be sure to create a food haven for bees and lured them in with 247 flowers gerbera & rudbeckia daisys. Those flowers make bright&cheerful an effortless everyday occurrence. My oasis is being in my garden.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: I live in the downtown area of a southwestern city. The "soil" is (was) rock hard clay, the sun relentless and the sky a never ending blue (a.k.a. very, very little rain). It seems the yard was used as a disposal site. There were large amounts of buried construction refuse such as large concrete "crumbs," old metal window frames, glass shards galore, broken beer bottles, car parts, toy soldiers, roofing tile, torn garbage bags and nails. The clean up seemed endless. That alone was an 8 month project and it felt important to get that stuff to the proper location and it also made me think a lot about how garbage is made. My goal is to continuously aid in the creation of healthy soil.

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: Have a goal that expresses your true nature.

Thanks, Lisa, and good luck!

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