Build a Front Yard Vegetable Garden

March 30, 2015

Found this interesting video on YouTube. A Canadian couple from Quebec planted a front yard vegetable garden to grow their own food and become more self-sufficient. They fought with the city to have the right to plant vegetable gardens in the front yard and eventually they won the battle with the help from people all over the world who support urban farming. They ended up helping their city to build the new bylaw to allow people growing food in their font yard.

Don’t you want to have a front yard vegetable garden?

Backyard Permaculture Garden Project – Part 2

March 23, 2015

It’s been almost one month since I started my backyard permaculture project. For those who have not read my first post of this project, please read Backyard Permaculture Project – Part 1 –  Since then a lots of flowers and a few veggies have been planted. Here are some latest updates. 🙂

I am trying to propagate flowers/veggies/fruits bush from cuttings as much as possible.  It’s amazing how much I can grow in such a tiny little area (about 530cm x 60cm raised bed plot).


  1. Roses from cuttings
  2. Hydrangeas from cuttings
  3. Peony (1 pink)  from roots – purchased from nursery
  4. Dalia (5 Orange /yellow) from roots – purchased from nursery
  5. Lily
  6. Tully
  7. Daffodil

Fruit plants:

  1. Blueberries from cuttings
  2. Strawberry
  3. Grapes


  1. Ba Chai from kitchen scrap
  2. Celery from kitchen scrap
  3. Romain lettuces from kitchen scrap
  4. Sweet potato (still indoor)

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Backyard Permaculture Garden Project – Part 1

February 26, 2015

My dream is to have a large backyard where I can practice permaculture gardening and simple sustainable lifestyle … in the future. Currently we are living in a townhouse where the out door gardens are taken care by stratus. We have a very limited space to play with. However, it doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything. Our little backyard is north facing which means it’s very shady. But there is a small area where has some sun and I can build a long and narrow raised bed. When I discussed my plan with hubby, he think it should be fine and under the stratus’ guideline. Here comes my little permaculture garden.

Preparation of soil:

Currently that area is covered by a few invasive plants and weeds. My first step is to clean up that area a little bit. It will take too much effort to remove them completely. So it will be a perfect case to use cardboard / news paper mulch. I covered that area with cardboard and news paper. On top of it I placed a thick layer of leave that I collected from bushes at the park.

The garden soil has four layers:

  1. Cardboard /News paper
  2. Leave
  3. Pea moss
  4. Potting soil

The investment

There is nowhere to get the free soil . We bought the following materials – our plan is to spend as little as possible.

    1. One big bag of pea moss and
    2. Two bags of organic potting soil

Untreated wood to build the raised bed

The total investment for my permaculture backyard garden is about CND $55.

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The primary purpose of this little backyard garden is to experiment permaculture in a small space. Since there are deer and sometimes bears visiting our community. We are not going to plant any fruit trees and plants that deer like to eat. We will mostly plant some perennial flowers and a few vegetables if possible.

I will continue blog about the progress and development of this little backyard garden. Please come back regularly for updates. Thank you for your visit! 🙂

Turn Your Backyard into an Urban Veggie Garden

August 29, 2013

You might think that I only have a small backyard and you can’t practice any permaculture. That’s not true – you can turn your back yard into a veggie garden easily. Below are a few pictures of urban beige gardens. They look so nice and fit into any urban or suburban backyard. That’s a first foot print in permaculture.