Marin-Friendly Garden in Mill Valley
Aside from providing stunning visual appeal, this terraced garden in the hills is an urban farmer’s paradise! Initially inherited by the owner as a garden filled with fruit trees, in 2002 friends and neighbors were invited to begin using it as community garden. Now packed with many other thriving food crops (like garlic, onion, lettuce, and chard), the garden provides food for seven local families!
It also features some clever, unique creations: The solar panels not only provide energy, but are used to harvest rainwater. Captured water is stored in two 1100-gallon storage tanks and provides a nearby rose garden with several months of water during the irrigation season. Recycled coffee bags help with weed control and act as mulch, and owl and bat boxes attract creatures that naturally control pests such as rodents and mosquitoes. Chickens and bees also happily reside on the property. And below the colorful terraces, an old lawn was solarized and turned into a lovely patio area, using permeable fabric and gravel.
Learn more about the unique features of this Marin-Friendly garden
in the video below, and scroll down for more photos.