This example shows some recent work for a garden in Tennessee. This is in zone 7a, with a frost free period of 190 to 200 days, mean annual air temperature of 57-61 degrees F, and 46-60 inches annual precipitation. The predominant soil of this area is a silt loam, free draining and moderately acidic.
One interesting thing from this case study is the potential to turn an existing shed into a greenhouse. Finding ways to reuse and repurpose old structures can often be a more sustainable option than building something new from scratch.
The primary goal for this plan was to considerably reduce existing grass cover, and create a lush and abundant food producing space. The client is interested in growing an abundance of food, and exploring sale of excess and the creation of revenue streams. This concept plan would allow for food production beyond the needs of the individual household over time.
As we know in permaculture circles, the yield of a site is theoretically unlimited. Food forest designs like the above will only continue to become more abundant and productive over time.
If you would like to turn an area of your lawned yard into an abundant food forest, I would love to help. Please do get in touch for a quote, and to discuss your site and requirements.