Our Organic Yard Features Edible Landscape
Over the time that we've lived in our Santa Barbara home we've worked to create beautiful and edible landscape. The climate (and drip irrigation) allow us to grow a variety of plants that produce food and beauty. In this post I'll continue our tour of the edible landscape around our home.
The bench under our avocado tree creates a private space where Susan and I meet at the end of every day.
The fig tree is just outside our kitchen window. It produces sweet figs that fruit eating birds love. We see a variety of birds including western tanagers and hooded orioles.
These are loquats, an Asian fruit distantly related to apples. They were imported here from southeastern China. Local history suggests they may have first have been brought across the pacific by the Spanish during our colonial period.
We have two macadamia nut trees. This particular tree is very healthy and a heavy producer. Imagine - macadamia chocolate chip cookies! Yummmmm.
This dwarf navel orange tree in the front yard is a fine producer of nice large, sweet, eating oranges.
Citrus does well here. We have a blood orange tree, mandarin orange, bearss lime, bearss lemon and...
tangerines! This dwarf tree is a crazy producer. It lives happily near our backyard compost corral and has been the beneficiary of lots of mulch over the years.
Our compost corral is where we put the yard trimming and kitchen waste we generate to work feeding worms and bugs. We water and turn the pile while adding to it. In the winter, when the yard goes dormant and the rain comes, we find the pile works quickly and by spring we're ready to harvest almost a cubic yard of fine compost and worm castings. After years off application in the yard we can really see how the compost corral feeds nutrients and biological benefits into the yard. Compost can create a problem with mice and rats. Our cats do a fine job of eliminating that problem.