Goal: Grow culinary herbs and edible flowers for kitchen use, while also enhancing the charm of the Deerfield Inn.
- Five raised beds 18” high offer 160 sq feet of growing space. The placement of the raised beds takes advantage of the available sunlight, offers a pleasing view, and does not block existing drainage.
- A compost/loam mix and organic amendments create optimal fertility. Because the soil in boxed beds dries out more quickly, a straw mulch keeps the soil moist and covered.
- A selection of herbs and edible flowers grows in each bed, making the most season-long use of limited growing space.
Goal: Transform a sandy, eroding hillside into walking paths with a low-growing, deer-resistant meadow flowers and grasses.
- 100% bio-degradable straw erosion control blankets cover the steepest aspects of hillside, holding the soil in place.
- Straw bales, firmly anchored in place, hold the upper edges of the switch-back walking paths.
- Plugs of little bluestem and prairie clover seed grow this summer to quickly cover the hillside, watered with a timed watering system.
- A low-grow prairie flower and native grass seed mix will be frost-sown over the winter, to come up strong the following spring. Everything in the mix is drought-tolerant, to handle the south-facing sandy hillside conditions.
Goal: Transform a lawn growing on 'urban fill' - compacted, anaerobic soil - into an example orchard, with fruit trees, pollinator habitat, and privacy from a busy street while still allowing public interest.
- Semi-dwarf fruit trees grow strong and healthy in remediated soils. Trees planted with hight stacking, mature size, and ease of harvest in mind.
- Fruit tree varieties selected with disease-resistance, flavor, and pollination needs in mind, ensuring that each tree was self-pollinating or had a pollination partner that would flower at the same time.
- Pollinator Habitat: Host and nectar plants chosen by Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome and planted according to microclimate and color.
Goal: Build inviting annual beds along the contours of the slight slope.
- Curved annual beds invite the homeowner into the garden while also catching and storing rainwater.
- Healthy soil built with compost, loam, and organic amendments. Beds are covered with chopped straw to minimize erosion.
- A planting diagram plans for height stacking, companion planting, and succession plantings of annual vegetables.
Goal: Transform a very shady backyard, overrun with invasive plants, into a meditative space with walking paths and native vegetation.
- Natural mulch pathways meditatively curve through the property, converging at a stone firpit built from stones on the property.
- Plugs of native ferns, groundcovers, and flowers create low-growing shade gardens, chosen to thrive in their microclimates: steep slopes of bedrock, depressions where water collects, and deep shade beneath the tall woodland canopy to the south.
- Natural mulch mimics the forest floor, helping the native shade gardens grow.
- Wild edibles, such as elderberry, ramps, and fiddleheads, grow and thrive in their preferred microclimates.
Goal: Build fruiting mushroom logs.