Living Wall - Protecting from a busy road (in-depth discussion)
Some folks requested a bit more detail on what our design looks like for making a space between our home and the busy road we live on. It is still early in spring so not a tremendous amount is growing, but that helps to see through the layers to understand the intention and design involved in this. There are many many plants involved in multiple layers to protect us from the road, and understanding that it takes time to get established, this is still on its way to a seriously thick wall between us and all the traffic. All pretty much for free!

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Living Wall – Protecting from a busy road (in-depth discussion)

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  • PaisleyPermaculture

    YES YES…. share all that you've planted! I have to remove some humongous cottonwoods because they are threatening our house..I'm gleaning from YOUR system on how I'm going to cope with the loss. Our plan is to use every bit of the trees on our .34 acre suburban lot…..and NOT get in trouble with HOA 😉

  • Rachel Gucker

    Our road isn't terribly busy (sometimes it's an hour between vehicles… even during the day), but I still want a buffer. Largely because our 300' of open frontage is a distraction and problem for our livestock guardian dog. I've been on the lookout for ways to profit from the space and create a protective zone. You mentioned sunflowers… perhaps I could use the space to grow some flowers for cutting? No nursery permit required that way… What do you do about walkways? do you walk wherever you need to in these dense beds to tend your plants? Isn't that a permaculture no-no? (I've got a lot to learn) I don't really see designated areas for walking.

  • Reina Ferraris

    I enjoyed that looks like our place in Wisconsin. Oh I subscribed, because I like your gardens.

  • HugSkaltuDeila

    Literally, go through and talk about EVERY plant in your garden!! seriously though, that would be awesome… : )

  • Ethan Blevins

    Interested in an even more in depth discussion! I also live by a busy highway. Been thinking about using Muhly Grass as a protective species as well as some chop and drop mulch.

  • worshipthenephilim

    Lots of inspiration here and good ideas – many thanks for sharing! Also interested to know the width of that densely-planted bed to the North? (And here's wishing you the abundant and rapid road-obscuring growth of everything you've planted!)

  • justlo0k33

    i don't know if you've mentioned it in prior videos, but where do you acquire your perennials for planting? you seem to have a lot of nice young plants coming up. I imagine it would be cost prohibitive to purchase them all.

  • Kit DuBhran

    I'd be interested in what to put under canopy. I've got a mature canopy of four fruit trees and a hazel (tree, not bush, they grow big here) and I've been trying to find things to plant under them, for usefulness and food. Hard to do.

  • Liz C

    wonderful explanation, great work and planting. I am curious to see how the hops fold in. My own experience with hops so far include a lot of controlled cutting, as they are very aggressive and like to take over. I'm sure your chickens will keep them in check on the south side. I'm also using the alder as a start of hedgerow establishment and I love them. These trees grow so fast, it really helps in seeing your hedge line as the smaller trees and shrubs beguine to grow.

  • Sean Leavell

    Thanks for video. I live on a busy road and have plans for living screen. I used your video to show my wife what is possible. Sometimes plans on paper and thoughts in head are hard for others to visualize. But your video was great help to show what is possible. Thanks again.

  • Ryan Mims

    How does one become as knowledgeable as you about all of the combinations of plants to grow and when/where to grow them, etc.?

  • Permaculture Homestead

    ahhh yes hemlock. so similar to chervil, i feel dangerous every time i eat chervil and really check to make sure there are no stray hemlock in my patches. thanks folks love it all.

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