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  •  Nice!!! (9+ / 0-)

    I'm trying to do the same thing here in Upstate NY little by little. Ripping out the sod is hard work (and I'm using it to level the back of my yard which is low and wet). I've got a third of the front yard dug up and replaced it with productive things, and in between, plastic sheeting that diverts the rainfall to them, and I cover the sheeting with mulch.

    I have a sour cherry tree, a quince tree, a Cox's Orange Pippin, two hazelnut trees, various kinds of currants, and in the native plant category, two blueberry bushes, a North American persimmon and two pawpaw trees, a higbush cranberry, and for a seasonal privacy fence, a stand of Jerusalem artichokes that block the view of my back yard from the street.  I highly recommend them -- they are perennial 10-foot daisies with an edible tuber.  They were cultivated by the Iroquois in this area. I don't know how well they would grow elsewhere. They can be invasive, but I like them so much that I'm often in danger of eating the fence they provide.

    Oh, yeah.  I've got some flowers, lavender and peppermint (speaking of invasive) out there too.

    The lawn-Nazis across the street gave me up for lost when they first saw me mowing with a rotary push mower.  They power mow and trim their lawn every Sunday and Wednesday morning at 8, and water it any day it doesn't rain.  They don't have one flowering or fruiting thing in their yard.  Wait till my Giant Red Mustard greens interplanted with Red Sails lettuce along the front walk come up.  They might not notice anything odd until I go out there with a knife and fork and start grazing. <G>

    •  Yum yum! (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, dolphin777

      mapman we're in macau for 2 years, but i have an upstate cabin surrounded by ferns and wild blackberries--i'd been thinking about jerusalem artichokes...can't wait now...

      o how i miss cold snaps...

    •  That sounds wonderful! (0+ / 0-)

      See, now that is why this type of landscaping is so great... I could go to another area of the country and see a completely different assortment of plants, etc. instead of just another bland expanse of turf.

      Be sure to blow some kisses to your neighbors after you are finished eating ;-)

      Post some photos! I wish I could get up on Saturday early enough for the Garden Blogging...

    •  Bit o' trivia: "Jerusalem" actually = girasole, (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, Wife of Bath

      Italian for "turns towards the sun"!!

      Jes' don't put salad dressing on your lovely greens in situ! It's the butterfly nets, fer shure!!

      "lawn-Nazis"!!  sooo apt! Wasting petro chem, and water and time 'n effort, as well!!  For sterile, presumably attractive final product.

      My personal hard-on: golf courses!!

      Aloha   ..  ..  ..

      •  Girasole instructions (0+ / 0-)

        I should mention that the butterflies love the Girasole.

        More info on this for those who are interested.  There are many varieties of "sunroots"  I got mine from Wegmans -- much cheaper than ordering them.  They grow just as well as any, and produce well within two years.  Just pull up the dead stalks, pull off the tubers worth eating, and throw back the tiny ones.  

        NB: You don't have to peel them any more than you would peel a radish.

        WARNING!!!: raw, they are like juicy, crisp water chestnuts (but without the soapy taste), but because of a chemical called inulin (no, I did not mis-spell insulin) that doesn't convert to sugar in human bodies, many people (me included) produce enough methane to power a small city.

        Cooked they are just as good, but don't have the gassy thing.  

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