Florida Regenerative Landscapes

A Florida Permaculture Landscape Design Company

   Feb 17

Projects: Update For The Peak/LOV Juice Project

Much has changed at Peak/LOVJuice since our last posting in July

The growth of this food forest has exceeded our expectations and generated a lot of interest in town. Lucie and I have done a lot of edible garden work in lots of different landscapes, but this is our first complete landscape done all at once. For that reason and for one other reason it is unique. The other way in which it is unique is that it is our first urban landscape. Because this food forest was installed on the commercial property of a local business that is open to the public, anyone who wants to see this unusual landscape can come and walk through on any day. We also give free tours every other Friday at noon.

In our discussions about the rapid growth in this food forest we have offered these possible explanations: We installed the landscape all at once and with mycorrhizae, The plants like the carbon dioxide from the nearby intersection of two busy roadways, The wind from the throughway inspires the trees to spread roots in order to hold on, We had a very rainy summer, The dense planting style that we engaged favors rapid growth.

It is time for some fresh pics so you can see how the landscape has progressed. Click on the link in the first paragraph if you want to see the before pics from our July article.

November

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January 2014

January 2014

January 2014

January 2014

Dwarf Papaya January 2014

Dwarf Papaya January 2014

January 2014 Shooting Down A Pathway

January 2014 Shooting Down A Pathway

Pineapple Garden January 2014

Pineapple Garden January 2014

January 2014 Understory

January 2014 Understory

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12 Comments

  1. Kimbelry says:

    I also think the fast growth has a lot to do with all the love you and Lucy put into this. That alone goes a long way. Remember when scientists ‘discovered’ that talking to plants affects their growth… same principle. BEAUTIFUL place and absolutely amazing gardens!!

  2. DL says:

    I totally agree with Kim, it is the love and passion that can’t be duplicated.
    Furthermore, we need to push the subject of living healthy. One has to do things in moderation, add some exercise to eating good and good health will follow.
    I want to add that eating healthy is the best way to lose weight. Healthy foods have less processed crap in them. Thus leading to better health and weight loss.
    I’m not a doctor, but I know a dr., so see a doctor before you take my advice.

  3. Ethan says:

    Wow, that looks like paradise, Adina! Everyone involved in creating this space should be proud of their work. Imagine how beautiful it would be if more and more businesses and individuals decided to make beautiful gardens in their available space.

    • Thanks for your comment Ethan. We do indeed feel some pride in our work and some gratitude for the way in which nature has managed this garden. We do often imagine how it would be if even every other commercial property on a major road planted a food forest instead of a lawn.

  4. Wow. That is gorgeous! Good for you! What a great example for other businesses and community folks.

  5. S says:

    I am totally amazed at the before and after photos! Hard to believe all that beauty is there after only 1 year! Gives me hope that I could do this with my residential property. Might just have to take a little road trip to see it up close and personal! Thanks for being such an inspiration to the world. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for your comment. This is public property, so it can be visited by anyone, anytime. We have been keeping an eye on this landscape. It needs some attention, but our contract has ended on this job, and we are not certain we will be re-engaged for the maintenance needed.

  6. don blizard says:

    I am starting a project in Vero Beach. Does this garden still exist?…

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