I have now lived in this location for 3 months. I have spent countless hours researching, sketching and incorporating the numerous benefits in the yard. As I said in an earlier post, privacy is my biggest concern.
The back yard gets full sun throughout the year. I know that the back lawn stays green most of the year from the gray water that feeds it daily. It was important for me to incorporate a plan that would utilize this gray water in my garden effectively and efficiently. I am on town water so it is not an option to water my gardens all year with town water, not only the cost, but with the hot dry summers on Vancouver Island the watering bans start earlier every year. Incidentally, I am a renter and my landlord has given me the green light to landscape the entire lot as I wish, so that is a bonus.
Each year I grow more of my own food and this garden should suffice in growing all of my own food. So the plan had to address the privacy issues, create beauty, utilize the gray water and produce enough food for six of us. I am including my sons and grandchildren as it is of utmost importance to me for each of us to eat as much organic food as possible, while saving money! Last year I grew about 60% of my food. I canned and froze much of what we couldn’t eat fresh and have been eating it all year long.
Privacy Issues – The fence enclosing the yard will provide a backdrop for me to plant shrubs and bushes to allow the privacy I want, but will take time to grow and cover the fence. The immediate concern was how to create a garden area throughout the back yard with fruits, vegetables and flowers that would be high enough to enclose the area for privacy.
I have always loved the idea of a labyrinth and decided this would meet all of the garden challenges. Creating a labyrinth from raised garden beds would give me the height for privacy, allow the soil in the containers to draw the gray water from the ground and filter it before it hits the plant roots, create beauty in the garden, incorporate a patio area in the middle while creating a play space for my grandchildren as they love to be in the garden with me.
And so here is my Labyrinth garden plan! I do know that is a preliminary plan. The garden plan will evolve and change as it comes to life!