Chickens, Graywater, Rainwater, Edibles and More
Over the past twelve years, the owners have gradually transformed a thirsty front lawn, and parched, Petaluma adobe back yard into a food-producing, eco-friendly homestead.
Now, thanks to the many individuals who’ve shared this house with the owners over time, (including a landscaper, artists, photographers, musicians, psychiatrist, naturopatic doctor, biomimicry specialist and two Daily Actors), this garden has a beautiful backyard permaculture garden with raised beds, hugelkultur mounds, and fruit trees.
Other features of this garden include a laundry-to-landscape graywater system, a rain water harvesting system, drip irrigation, a chicken palace with laying hens, an owl box, solar panels, a rain garden, and vermi- and traditional composting.
Clumping Bamboo, Helianthus spp. (Sunflower), Picea pungens (Blue Spruce), Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood), Rhododendron spp., Salvia spp. (Sage), Thuja spp. (Arborvitae)
Meyer lemon, Orange, Asian pear, Guava, Persimmon, Pomelo, Triple-variety peach, Sextuple-variety apple
Fava beans, Corn, Peas, Cucumbers, Beans, Tomatoes, Carrots, Radishes, Peppers, Strawberries, Onions, Chives, Lettuce, Yacon, and various herbs
In California graywater includes water from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, and clothes washing machines, but does not include water from kitchen sinks or dishwashers. Though all of these sources represent great opportunities to transform waste to resource, the Laundry-to-Landscape system is the simplest, most cost-effective, and does not require a permit, making it an excellent place to start!
Laundry-to-landscape installation workshops are frequently available from folks such as Daily Acts and the City of Santa Rosa. These workshops are a great way to learn more before installing your system.