Making Use of the Spaces Where We Live
Meredith Thomas is not a fan of lawns. Not when you could use the same space to create a vegetable garden paradise.
She moved to a house with a back yard that was overgrown by vines. Rather than cover the area with a traditional lawn, she started filling the yard with vegetables, fruits, herbs and various other useful plants.
The result is the beautiful gardens you can see in this video from Central Texas Gardener:
Upcycle Old Materials to Keep a Shoestring Budget
Meredith’s passion for reusing discarded materials started when she used some old cedar posts to create a fence around her yard… and she loved the result. She built this whole setup while trying to buy as little as possible.
She started scrounging for other materials, and it looks like she got pretty good at finding interesting and useful items that needed a new home. Limestone, cedar boards, wooden pallets – she did enough dumpster diving to get enough cardboard to cover her entire yard.
She used scavenged items like leaves, coffee grounds, and past-date produce from the grocery store to build her soil. And while she was out scavenging, she found lots of nice artistic pieces to give the yard some nice flair.
Create a Vegetable Garden Paradise with Permaculture
Many aspects of permaculture are visible in these gardens. The garden bed designs incorporate sheet composting, a keyhole composting bed, and hugelkultur.
In addition to growing food, she grows many plants that have other uses, including medicinal herbs, and plants for tea.
And most parts of the yard are planted with an eye toward water conservation. She hit the nail on the head when she said, “It’s very easy to become philosophical once you’re a food gardener.”