1/4 ACRE URBAN FOOD FOREST

October 2016–on the heels of an 8 month cross-country road trip working on farms and homesteads in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and Oregon, I moved into a new home in Saint Petersburg, Florida and immediately set to work transforming the 1/4 acre lawn into an abundant Food Forest. 

After 18 months the following trees and perennials were growing on the property:  Avocado, Macadamia Nut, 3 varieties of figs, Papaya,  Moringa, Strawberry Guava, Sapote, Everbearing Mulberry, Jack Fruit, Lemon, Peach, Fuzzy Kiwi, Olive, Longan,  Monstera Delciosa,  Blueberry, Thornless Blackberry, Surinam Cherry, Barbados Cherry, a variety of Bananas, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Pigeon Pea, Screw pine, Pindo Palm, various herbs, tubers, several varieties of tropical spinach, nitrogen fixing ground covers, dynamic accumulators.

A 25 ft diameter keyhole bed offered space for growing annual veggies and a flock of 8 chickens provided fresh eggs (and manure for the garden) daily.

A DIRVERSITY OF GREENS
LUFFA HARVEST
TURNIPS
CARROT HARVEST
FERMENTS FROM THE GARDEN
FRESH EVERGLADE TOMATOES
PIGEON PEAS
DIRECTING POND OVERFLOW:
FOOD FOREST IRRIGATION
UPCYCLED FENCE PANELS =
CHICKEN COOP & CANVAS FOR GARDEN ART
EGG LAYERS; GARBAGE DISPOSALS;
SOIL BUILDERS; PEST MANAGEMENT
PICK YOUR OWN