The Sustainable Backyard Tour


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This year’s tour is over.

Stay tuned for 2017!

Want to make your yard more sustainable? Here are some ways to get started:

  1. Reduce the size of your lawn with site appropriate landscaping.

  2. Reduce the need for fungicides, herbicides and pesticides by selecting resistant and native plants

  3. Replace commercial fertilizers with organic compost.

  4. Plant vegetables, fruits and trees.

  5. Reduce the use of mowers, trimers and other electric or gas powered tools.

  6.   Build rain water retention berms and water storage systems.

  7.   Create habitat for wildlife.

  8.   Raise fish, chickens, goats, bees, or other livestock appropriate to your property.

  9.   Utilize solar, wind and geothermal energy sources.

  10. Replace asphalt and concrete with permeable surfaces such as pavers or  aggregate.

Recommended Reading:

Gaia’s Garden

    by Toby Hemenway

Edible Landscaping

    by Rosalind Creasy

Perennial Vegetables

    by Eric Toensmeier

Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web

    by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

    by Paul Stamets

The Backyard Homestead

    by Carleen Madigan

Food Not Lawns

    by H.C. Flores

Fruit Trees in Small Spaces

    by Colby Eierman

Grow Wild!

    by Lorraine Johnson

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

    by Douglas Tallamy

Watch These Fun & Inspiring Videos:

Subversive Plot (Roger Doiron, KGI)

Incredible Edibles (Pam Warhurst)

Seattle Rain Garden

Safe Lawns

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Garden Pest Recipe:

Other Resources:

Seed and Garden sites:

Water Saving:

Outdoor Furniture:

Recycled composite plastic: 

Local reclaimed wood:

Refinishing metal: