Usually in urban areas there is only enough room for zones 1-3. In order to include zones 4 and 5 we must get creative. We need extend the boundaries of our own homes to include the community, and the resources available for us to share.
Zone 1: Your everyday herbs, veggies, chickens, and kitchen scrap composting.
Zone 2: Yard trimming compost, water catchment, solar, grey water system, etc. Zone 3: Fruit trees, nut trees, storage, bees, etc.
Zone 4: Other fruit and nut trees, building supplies, firewood, etc.
Zone 5: Native unmanaged lands for responsible recreational use.
Designing the Ecological Garden An overview...
1. Observation: Get to know your space
2. Visioning: How do you see you working for your space and your space working for you?
3. Planning: Connecting systems and functions
4. Development: How are you going to implement the design?
5. Implementation: Be flexible and DO IT!
Water Cycle "Without water there is no life"
Where do we currently get our water from and where does it go?
Water is pumped to our sinks, toilets, baths, laundry. Its used once then pumped back out to sewers, treated by St. Johns Water Management District then, "often times the treated wastewater is pumped to the St. Johns River for disposal." (SJWMD website)
" Treated wastewater is the largest contributor of nutrient pollution in the lower St. Johns River." (SJWMD website)
Don't forget about that rainwater we force into sewers with driveways, parking lots curbs and poor city design...that gets "treated" and pumped for disposal too!