The Plant Mansion garden and orchard, Summer 2015
The Plant Mansion, a hacked hoophouse.
Part trellis, part icon, this garden enclosure protects against deer and small mammals. Summer 2015
Relocating a mature peach tree to a full sun location, Spring 2015.
Bare root currants and fruit trees potted up and waiting to be planted out.
Weighing produce to understand yields, summer 2015.
Black currant vinegar experiment in color, Summer 2015
Dilly Beans 2015
Invasive "Dames Rocket" masquerading as native phlox, Summer 2015
Weeds Summer 2015
Invasive Bittersweet intertwined in the roots of forsythia, Spring 2015
Coyote pups sunning on rooftop, the suburban wild, Spring 2015.
Plant Mansion in Snow, Fall 2015.
A collaboration with artist bee keeper
An experimental edible landscape in the post-suburban (ex-urb) wild in the Miller community of Gary, IN. How much produce can a suburban lot actually produce? How might this new kind of productive landscape change our understanding of "farm", suburb, wild? Inputs and outputs are tracked and weighed so that over time site metrics can be understood.
Woody fruits and nuts including: pear, quince, cherry, sand cherry, currant, gooseberry, elderberry, strawberry and hazelnuts have been planted in the 2015 season. A mature peach tree has been relocated into a more sunny location. This small orchard surrounds the "plant mansion" a hacked hoophouse mesh enclosure erected to protect the vegetable garden from deer and small mammels. All fruit trees are caged from deer, fruit infra-structures.
This edible landscape serves as a laboratory for the Fruit Futures Initiative Gary, also begun in 2015.