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Aug 03

An Urban Farmer’s Paradise

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 10:53 AM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in Mill Valley

An urban farmer's paradise 1Aside 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.

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Anonymous User
August 6, 2016 at 1:15 PM
We love that urban community garden!
Anonymous User
August 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM
Wow, the homeowner knows a lot about making an earth-friendly garden!! Ingenious!
Anonymous User
October 3, 2016 at 7:50 PM
This is exactly what I aspire to do - thank you for showing me (so that I can use it as my example!)
Anonymous User
June 29, 2017 at 10:53 AM
What an incredible space! And the owner has just done such a phenomenal job with it. I am so inspired! : ) Time to start my own garden! And bat box--love it!

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