Using vertical space in a small backyard was the topic of conversation at the Purple Pear Playgroup today. The use of vertical space through trellising will increase the growing area. But of course all permaculturalists know that everything should work at least two ways, so our snow pea trellis will become a child friendly tepee, the perfect hideaway for games and adventures for the little folk.
The mums got started on soil preparation with their little ones by their side, imitating all that they did.
Out came all the weeds. The soil itself was in pretty good condition so we didn't need to add anything. We bundled together the bamboo canes, cut from our bamboo hedge. and spread them out pushing the ends firmly into the ground. Twine was wrapped around the canes, leaving a gap for a door. This will help the snow peas to climb to the top covering the whole of the tepee apart from the door way. Peas were planted at the base of all the canes. Once the peas are fully grow the children can hide away inside and munch on snow peas.
Our playgroup always starts with breadmaking and then the feeding of the animals. Then we move back to the house garden to discuss anything permie and set to making a productive child friendly space for the littlies.
What ideas do you have for the very small in your back yard?