Discover the tools and technologies used in the design process

 

 

Sun Exposure

The Solar Pathfinder is a tool developed for the solar energy industry.  At Backyard Eats, it's used to make a detailed assessment of sun exposure in the backyard.  Sun exposure often varies throughout the year, and influences the siting of a raised bed, as well as the maintenance plan.

 The solar Pathfinder is being used to analyze sun exposure

The solar Pathfinder is being used to analyze sun exposure

Automated Irrigation

It sounds fancy, and it is!  But it's affordable, with cost starting at $100.  Watering is important because flavor, quality, and production drops when plants are "drought stressed."  Plants are encouraged to grow shallow roots when watered too quickly, and nighttime watering can encourage fungal and insect damage.  Automatic watering eliminates these concerns and allows you to become a better gardener by giving you the time to closely observe your plants as they grow, and watch for signs of stress or insect damage.

 Pre-Set watering programs Keep irrigation simple and reliable

Pre-Set watering programs Keep irrigation simple and reliable

Adaptive Designs

No two backyard (or front yard) spaces are alike.  That's why Backyard Eats installs a variety of garden types.  

  • Large spaces: Raised bed gardens are built from the ground up.  Above-ground beds bring the garden closer to you, allow you to work "in" the garden without stepping in it, and minimize weeds dramatically.  Designs are limited to 4 feet in width to allow access from either side, and can be any length or shape as needed to fit your space.  
  • Small spaces: Container gardens have the same benefits as raised beds, but fit into tiny backyards, and on patios and decks.
  • Tight spaces: Vertical gardens, when designed with enough soil to keep plants hydrated, are the perfect solution along a fence or next to the building.

Trellis

The trellis is capable of supporting a variety of fruits and vegetables from lightweights like beans and cherry tomatoes, to heavyweights like cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, and even small melons!

Raised beds and container gardens can be fitted with a trellis.

 The trellis supports 'slicing tomatoes' as they ripen on the vine. artwork by rachel davis

The trellis supports 'slicing tomatoes' as they ripen on the vine.
artwork by rachel davis

 

How does Backyard Eats fit in your backyard?