Crater Garden

Gallatin Valley, Montana  |  10 Acres

‚ÄčLocated in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains, the goals for this project were to create an enhanced micro-climate for a garden by harvesting the rainfall from the house and driveway that once raced off the property.  Within a few months the garden was a beacon of life, storing the spring rains into the dry season with a noticeable increase in humidity within the Crater.

 

A spiral of terraces leads from the upper berm, planted with nitrogen-fixing drought tolerant species, to the middle terraces with fruit trees and vegetables then down to the water retention area in the bottom of the terraces with water plants and aquatic insects.  Before, in the late summer, this area was just a dry unproductive hillside.

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