|This is what my back yard looks like. Up against a hill on one side, and sloping down gradually until you hit the gulch on the other side. Everything slopes, everything falls. |
Gravity and entropy are king and queen.
A while ago, a large branch cracked on the avocado tree, and hung limply for months. We finally got to it last week. Lots of tree trimming with the requisite ladder positioning and sliding on red dirt, cussing and yelling, while positioning the ladder again. It's a task for dirty pre-stained clothes, not the white of Memorial Day summer time.
There was also a large passionfruit vine growing on the avocado tree, which was full of unripe passion fruit, or lilikoi, as we like to call them here. There are some huge elephant ear plants in the foreground. They have heart shaped leaves, but are NOT edible taro. I made the mistake of eating them once, so I know. There's a rosemary bush that has survived for at least a decade, despite the cool and damp, it does fairly well and ekes out enough light.
|The other side of the narrow yard, facing the gulch. There is a 300 foot drop past the vegetation. The gulch is a place I have slid my butt down many a time, fetching something that dropped from the house or the deck. I'm in a slow process of terraforming and landscraping the gulch so that I don't need climbing gear to get down. |
It's a makeshift, full on hippie process, since it's mostly piling on horizontal logs and trunks and hammering wood stakes into the ground to make stick work terraces and layers. I like to think of it as "permaculture" without a plan. When I have free time, I shimmy into the gulch and rearrange branches.
Yes, I know that entropy and gravity will eventually eat up my work, but the impromptu terracing seems to help new plants cling to the steep slope of the gulch, and I am seeing several avocado and castor bean seedlings where there was only bare dirt. These are all branches and stakes for my crazy terraforming the gulch project. I think sometimes if Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie was crossed w/ Tarzan's Jane, she might be doing crazy landscraping projects like this.