Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Judy’s Garden

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Daily ActsWater Wise Edible Landscape

Limited visiting hours: 10AM – 1PM

This garden is featured in the Daily Acts Rockin’ Homestead Tour.

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A Daily Acts volunteer since 2012, Judy has worked to make both the front and back gardens increasingly water wise and food productive. The front yard edible garden features fruit trees, berries, herbs, insectary plants to encourage beneficial insects, wildlife-friendly shrubs and hedges, and seasonal crops including tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, beans, and broccoli. It also features a laundry-to-landscape graywater system that’s been in operation for nearly two-and-a-half years, keeping over 13,000 gallons of water on site to date. The front downspouts were also routed directly to the graywater mulch basins to reduce runoff and provide additional irrigation, while an inline drip system serves as backup when needed.

The backyard is designed to encourage bird, bee, butterfly, and beneficial insect populations, and features vegetable production in raised beds. A 7-barrel rainwater catchment system was installed in the fall of 2014; along with existing rain barrels, the property now has a holding capacity of about 525 gallons to help reduce usage of city water for irrigation.

Plant List

Ornamental Plants

  1. Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
  2. Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe)
  3. Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ (California Lilac)
  4. Centranthus ruber (Jupiter’s Beard)
  5. Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy)
  6. Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
  7. Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle)
  8. Lavendula angustifolia (English Lavender)
  9. Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
  10. Nepeta × faassenii (Catmint)
  11. Pennisetum orientale (Chinese Fountain Grass)
  12. Penstemon spp. (Beard Tongue)
  13. Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
  14. Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)
  15. Romarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
  16. Rosa spp. (Rose)
  17. Salvia chamaedryoides (Germander Sage)
  18. Sedum spp. (Stonecrops)

Fruit Trees

Apple, Bearrs Lime, Meyer Lemon, Nectarine Necta Zee, Red Bartlett Pear, Santa Rosa Plum

Other Edibles

Arugula, Basil, Beans, Black elderberry, Blueberry, Borage, Broccoli, Chives, Chocolate mint, Comfrey, Common sage, Common Thyme, Cucumbers, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Italian parsley, Lemon balm, Oregano, Plantain, Raspberries, Spearmint, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Winter squash

Daily Acts & the Community Resilience Challenge

Daily ActsDaily Acts began in 2002 with the publication of their first Ripples journal, promoting a healthy, just and sustainable lifestyle, and their first green home tour.  They provide hands-on sustainability education and resources, to build skills and strengthen communities.

Daily Acts provides citizens and organizations the knowledge and tools to transform lawns into food forests, install graywater systems, create habitat, keep bees, rear local chickens, and tend to personal and financial ecology. They provide services to various municipalities including Petaluma, Cotati, and Windsor to support them in achieving their sustainability goals.

crc-logo-master-subtitle-final (1)Beginning in the springtime of each year and culminating in an awe-inspiring weekend of action on May 16th and 17th, Community Resilience Challenge participants are playing their part to Save Water, Grow Food, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste and Build Community. Participants register their actions online and all actions are aggregated on a map to build a picture of the growing resilience movement.