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Saturday
Mar142009

Then and Now

Well it's been just over 18 months since we sowed the first seed and planted the first fruit tree on our little block in the 'burbs. Looking back at the photos, it's amazing how far the garden has come along.  Here a few comparison photos of then and now:

BACKYARD FOOD FOREST

 

FRONT YARD FOOD FOREST

  

VEGETABLE GARDEN

 

DRIVEWAY

 

BACKYARD SWALE

For a few more comparison photos and hear a little about our story check out the latest Notebook magazine or download the pdf file.

Reader Comments (11)

Hi Guys this is a fantasic article. You guys are just inspirational with how much you achieved and your outlook on life is fantasic. I hope others who read this article will be really inspired to get there hands in the dirt and experience what its like to grow your own produce and think about how they are living... You really don't need all these expenisve items in life to make you happy... Great work guys....Donna

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

You are amazing, what an incredible transformation. Keep up the great work!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

Great article guys, it's fabulous! I *love* your before and after photos, what a marvelous reward for all your hard work :-) I wish I'd taken photos of my garden before now. It went through a stage of looking like a cyclone had hit when I started hacking things (ornamentals) out, but now it's beginning to look like a productive garden again which is very satisfying. Keep up the great work!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Holy Moly, that is just amazing!
xoxox

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCabbage Heart

Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments! It's just so inspiring for us that so many people are interested in what we're up to, and are embarking on their own 'adventures in sustainability.' So thank YOU and best of luck on your own journey!

Ally and Rich :-)

March 19, 2009 | Registered CommenterHappyEarth

omg how fabuluous! we have also started to do this but not to that extent! we have to fence becasue of the wildlife though which hinders us a litlle. surely this makes too much food for you guys? i already feel we have overplanted!

im gonna have a better read of your blog now.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterran

Wow, talk about impressive before and after shots!

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGustoso

Wow, guys - you are such a great example of living a sustainable life. Thankyou for sharing your ideas, your knowledge and your lives to make others' easier. You two shine!

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermel

I can't believe how much your yard has changed in just 18 months. Great work guys! And well done on an inspiring magazine article, too.

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarren

Congratulations on your article. I can't believe how of a difference you guys have made in that timeframe. You'll have to put your feet up now and enjoy it :-)

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittlem

I've also created a little permaculture based rain/food forest area at the back of my place and I'm constantly expanding and adding plants to it. After just 18 months (of hard work) a brilliant effort both of you, very inspiring.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohnno

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