Justin Haddad, a permaculture designer, has transformed his father's rocky backyard into a self-sustaining garden using permaculture techniques. The garden has become a microclimate, producing a variety of subtropical plants, fruits, and vegetables. The three main things Haddad does in his yard are mulching, composting, and using compost tea. Mulch provides insulation for trees, creating a happy environment for microbial life and mycelium, which is necessary for sustainable growth without human intervention. Compost tea is used to fertilize trees and attract beneficial insects like bees and hummingbirds. Water features provide a beautiful sound and irrigation for plants that require regular watering. The garden has become a haven for endorphins, with some of the trees producing high amounts of oxygen and creating a cooler environment. Haddad's goal is to produce his own food, and the garden has become a source of fresh produce, including bananas, pears, and herbs. The garden has taken seven years to build, and Haddad believes that in the next ten to fifteen years, it will be fully self-sustaining.
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