My Great Outdoors: Ali’s Edible Estate
Location: Athens, Georgia
Type of space: An edible estate!
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: We’re on a journey towards living a more sustainable and cost-effective lifestyle in the face of recession and a threatened environment. We took our 1950s working-class, urban/suburban cottage, complete with concrete paths (boo) and bermudagrass (yuck) and overhauled it to fit our needs more sufficiently — and all by the hands of two people and (mostly) found materials. So far we’ve completely dug up our front and side lawn and have planted edibles and drought-tolerant plants. We trade our harvests with friends and neighbors for delicious meals or simply give them away. Bartering at its best!
How did you create it?
It’s taken about 6 months at approx. 20 hours a week, but we’ve managed to shovel up our entire front and side yards. In place of our horrible grass we planted crops upon crops of tomatoes, corn, potatoes, peppers, okra, onions, garlic, soybeans, kale, herbs — and that’s just to name a few. We also used random items to enhance our landscape. For instance, we turned an old, deserted clawfoot tub into a goldfish pond and used old plastic bins to make a rainwater “collection system.” With the wood leftover from making our picket-fence we fashioned planter boxes to place throughout the yard. Up next…a greenhouse made of re-claimed windows.