The Garfield Homestead is an intensively planted, organically maintained, edible landscape, integrating elements of permaculture design and biodynamic practices within a typical Minneapolis residential lot. It is a lawn-free working garden with hundreds of varieties of interplanted and layered fruits, vegetables, perennials and self-seeding plants, all serving a purpose beyond beauty, while being a feast for the senses.
Artist and gardener Allison Ruby is committed to ecologically supportive and sustainable gardening practices. This garden is maintained without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, instead turning to approaches such as companion planting, composting, soil building, and integrative pest management. In every element of the yard, birds, beneficial insects, and wildlife are welcomed and nurtured.
There are five main garden areas, each with its own emphasis
• The lush boulevard primarily contains plants that support and nourish our pollinators.
• The front yard combines fruit trees, berry bushes, medicinal plants, flowers for cutting, and wildlife habitat.
• The side yard (aka “Berry Lane”) is lined with berry bushes.
• The back yard’s emphasis is on vegetables and fruits commingled with edible and medicinal herbs and flowers.
• There are also raised vegetable beds in the driveway, referred to as “the annex.”
Trees on the property include apple, pear, crabapple, and maple in front of the house; and plum, peach, cherry, birch and magnolia in back.
Perennial fruits include: strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry, Juneberry, honeyberry, red currant, black currant, rhubarb, and grape.
There is a multitude of perennial and annual vegetables, herbs, flowers, and shrubs, and the list is ever growing and changing. For a peek at last year’s garden log, click here.