I didn't have enough time to plant everything I wanted this spring, but I'm pleased with the results I'm getting so far. My strategy was to try to mix things up a bit to be more permacultury and to so what grows best where in the different levels of sun and shade.
I also wanted to get one of those big boxes of wildflower seeds and sprinkle those in between the veggies to give it more eye appeal and permaculture street-cred but I couldn't find any in stock this year.
So first up is a pic of what's supposed to be my porch herb garden. I've got some rosemary in the foreground that's hanging on for life (I started it indoors) but nothing else is really doing well. Dill and some lettuce are slowly coming along and some chives are popping up but that's about it. I think there must be too much shade contrary to my original opinion. Also what doesn't help is that these are probably the ones that I water the least since the hose is so far away on the other side.... Ya. Basically when ever I talk about permaculture or green lawn care I'm actually talking about lazy gardening. I'd like to install a drip system attached to the gutters but until then I think my porch will be an herb graveyard.
One other neat little thing that seems to be doing well here is a ground cherry plant. These things have a nice visual aspect with their "paper lanterns" but inside them are orange coloured berries that I find taste a bit like pineapple. This particular one is located in an area that gets more sun than the rest of this section so that may be helping, but if it continues to do well, I may plant more on this side and see how they do. I'd also like to plant some raspberry bushes on each side of the basement windows so the thorns will discourage people and animals to go near.
So far, this season is hit and miss, but I'm learning a lot which will help me in seasons to come. I could be doing this by the "textbook" but I'm having fun experimenting.