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Big City Little Homestead

Year

2015

Testimonial

I think that if buildings take out nature, we should put nature back. I try to make my garden blend with the landscape as if it were untended, in order to welcome as much wildlife as possible. In my front yard, I have sun most of the time, so that is where I grow vegetables. It is a veritable "food forest," and it has a mason bee house and a passage for nocturnal animals to pass under the fence between me and my neighbour. In the back yard where I do not get a lot of sun, it has a pond where birds come to bathe, cedar trees and bushes, both mature and dwarfed honey locust trees (the front yard has a Ville-planted honey locust as well), Virginia creeper up the walls (to be replaced by another kind of ivy), a potted balcony garden as well as a potager, and it also has brush piles and a deck and box bench under which animals can take refuge.

Garden location

Montreal

Certifications

Logo certification biodiversity garden.

Biodiversity Garden

Diversify your plantings: integrate, if possible, trees, shrubs, conifers, perennials and annuals (depending on available space).
Make sure to have plants with flowers or berries throughout the season to feed pollinators, birds and so on.
Maintain the garden in an environmentally friendly way: choose suitable plants, apply compost, use water wisely, show tolerance, etc.
Use compost , as needed, natural fertilizers to maintain your garden

Some native species planted in the garden

columbine, violets, iris, Virginia creeper

Logo certification birds garden.

Bird Garden

Provide shelter for birds (trees, shrubs or hedges)
Provide a source of varied food in all seasons (plants producing berries or seeds) and a source of shallow clean water
Maintain the garden in an environmentally friendly way: choose suitable plants, apply compost, use water wisely, show tolerance, etc.
Create a safe area for birds (cats and windows)
Reduce lawn surface and increase flower bed areas
Use compost and natural fertilizers to care for your garden