After 6 years of sweat, blood and tears, and lots of playing in the dirt, we have created a productive food forest in Tempe, AZ! It was our dream to be able to eat from our garden year round plus providing a safe and healthy habitat for the local wildlife. We think Epic Yard Farm 1.0 has achieve that goal in a short period of time!

We have just moved to a larger property and start our new adventure with Epic Yard Farm 2.0.


Evolution of EYF 1.0

About the garden

There are fruit trees ready to produce crops this year. Early peaches are coming to an end, mid season peaches are ripening. Late season apples such as Pink Lady and Sundowner are also flowering and setting fruit. Chinese jujube will likely produce a late summer and early winter crop. Numerous citrus trees like blood orange and lemons also have set fruit for this coming winter. Angel Red pomegranate loaded with amazing crop right now and Parfianka pomegranate will set a fall crop when summer comes to an end.

These are just a few of fruit trees that are currently producing and ripening fruit! You will be able to harvest delicious sweet cherries from the low chill cherry trees next spring and many more fruit trees coming to maturity next year and possibly start producing.

Ice Cream/Blue Java banana circle is ready to push out flowers in the next couple of months. “Thai Giant” Indian jujube is going to start blooming and produce two crops in fall and late winter and ripen fruit in Febrary. Big Jim loquat tree fruited this spring and have new collection of varieties grafted on this year. Delicious sugarcanes work as heat shield and shades for surrounding plants.

Plus lots of delicious peppers and tomatoes are coming in for the summer.

Mix of sub-tropicals and deciduous fruit trees means you get fruit no matter how mild or cold each winter gets!

We have installed various in-ground worm towers for in place composting. They are situated close to fruit trees and we found them to be quite beneficial, providing in place compost tea and a way to deep water plants every time irrigation comes on.

Natural Garden Pond with bench seating area that you can sit under the loquat tree and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea to relax and even a deck area for some yoga session.

We have taken our pet fishes with us, so you can add fishes of your choice to the pond for your enjoyment. We recommend no more than 5 goldfishes and no more than 2 koi in the pond. There are mosquito fishes and beneficial snail in there already.

The pond is a natural garden pond without mechanical filtration. There is a netting covering waterfall pump to prevent smaller fishes and small plants from getting into the pump motor.

The pond is slightly out of balance right now because there is no big fishes in there and some of the plants were removed, but you can add both in to create a balanced pond again.

Additional Garden Details

Everything is on solar powered automatic drip irrigation in different zones. One distributor in the front yard and one in the backyard. When new trees or plants were added, hose irrigation was used to get them established, and then new drip irrigation head is added to provide permanent watering. Timer can be adjusted easily, a manufacturer user manual will be included.

There are a few areas with no drip irrigation setup yet. So you will need to run some drip lines to those areas once you have decided how you want to continue and setup. We have just been using hose and portable hose sprinkler for watering those areas.

Here’s the current plant list, as complete as I can get it. There are quite a bit more that are in the garden than the list, but I think it gives you a good idea of what you will have and what else you can add later:

Front Yard Garden
  1. 2 x Moringa Oleifera trees
  2. Low chill 2 x 1 multi-graft apple (Dorsett Golden and Einsheme) tree
  3. Low chill 3 x 1 multi-graft stone fruit (July Elberta Peach, Babcock White Peach, unknown) tree
  4. ‘Tropic Snow’ white peach tree
  5. ‘Red Baron’ peach tree
  6. ‘Nam Doc Mai’ mango tree
  7. ‘Subelle’ white sapote tree
  8. ‘All-in-One’ almond tree
  9. ‘Dessertniy (Bounty)’ almond tree
  10. ‘Pineapple’ pear tree
  11. ‘Sugar (Seckel)’ pear tree
  12. ‘Red Clapp’s Favorite (Starkrimson)’ pear tree
  13. ‘20th Century’ (Pyrus pyrifolia ‘Nijisseiki’) Asian pear tree
  14. Hosui (Pyrus pyrifolia ‘Hosui’) Asian pear tree
  15. ‘Montmorency’ Pie (Prunus cerasus) cherry tree
  16. ‘North Star’ Pie (Prunus cerasus) cherry tree
  17. ‘Saijo’ persimmon tree
  18. ‘Black Jack’ fig tree
  19. ‘Improved Meyer’ lemon tree
  20. ‘Persian’ or ‘Bearss’ lime tree
  21. ‘Variegated Pink Eureka’ lemon tree
  22. ‘Tarocco’ Blood orange tree
  23. ‘Variegated Cara Cara’ orange tree
  24. Calamondin lime tree
  25. Variegated Calamondin lime tree
  26. Unknown thorny blackberry
  27. ‘Canby Red’ raspberry
  28. ‘Teas’ Weeping mulberry tree
  29. ‘Pakistan’ mulberry tree
  30. ‘Angel Red’ pomegranate tree
  31. Many varieties of Chiltepin peppers
  32. 2 x ‘Red Fleshed’ dragon fruit cacti
  33. 1 x ‘Halley’s Comet’ dragon fruit cactus
  34. 1 x unknown dragon fruit cacti
  35. ‘BBQ’ rosemary
  36. French lavender (Lavandula dentata)
  37. Hawaiian/Okinawan Purple sweet potato
  38. Molokai Purple sweet potato
  39. Garlic chives
  40. Caper (Capparis spinosa)
  41. ‘Grand Duke’ Arabian jasmine
  42. Apple mint
  43. I’itoi onions
  44. ‘Jersey Knight’ asparagus
  45. ‘Purple Passion’ asparagus
  46. ‘African Blue’ basil
  47. Lemongrass
  48. 1 x Purple Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius)
  49. Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)
  50. Greater Galangal (Alpinia galanga)
  51. Cardamom
  52. Assortments of seasonal veggies and herbs based on season
  53. Pink Fairy Duster
  54. Mexican Bush Sage
  55. ‘Ray Hartman’ California lilac / Mountain lilac (Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’)
Tropical and Backyard Garden
  1. ‘Ice Cream’ banana (also known as Blue Java) – Tropical Garden
  2. ‘Brewster’ lychee tree – Tropical Garden
  3. ‘Kohala’ longan tree – Tropical Garden
  4. ‘Jim Bacon’ avocado tree – Tropical Garden
  5. Handful of mystery avocado seedlings
  6. ‘Hass’ avocado grown from seed – Tropical Garden
  7. 2 x ‘Reed’ avocado grown from seed – Tropical Garden
  8. ‘Makok’ sapodilla tree – Tropical Garden
  9. Maprang / Marian Plum tree – Tropical Garden
  10. Cherry of the Rio Grange tree – Sunken Garden
  11. Jamaican Cherry tree – Hot Wall Border
  12. Moringa trees – Hot Wall Border
  13. White sugarcane– Hot Wall Border
  14. Red sugarcane– Hot Wall Border
  15. ‘Tropic Pink’ guava tree – Tropical Garden
  16. ‘Thai Giant’ Indian jujube tree – Tropical Garden
  17. ‘Red Lady’ papaya tree– Sunken Garden
  18. 2 x ‘Tainung No. 2’ papaya trees
  19. ‘Black Diamond’ jambu / wax apple tree (Syzygium samarangense) – Perennial Border
  20. ‘Black Pearl’ jambu / wax apple tree (Syzygium samarangense) – Perennial Border
  21. Unknown jackfruit trees grown from seed – Tropical Garden
  22. Unknown atemoya grown from seed – Tropical Garden
  23. ‘Machete’ Ice Cream bean plants grown from seeds – Perennial Border
  24. Ice Cream bean plant grown from seed – Perennial Border
  25. ‘American Beauty’ dragon fruit cactus – Tropical Garden
  26. Yellow dragon fruit (Hylocereus megalanthus) – Sunken Garden
  27. ‘Parfianka’ pomegranate tree – Sunken Garden
  28. ‘Chico (GI 7-62)’ Chinese jujube – Hot Wall Border
  29. ‘Shanxi Li’ Chinese jujube – Hot Wall Border
  30. ‘Minnie Royal’ Zaiger cherry tree – Sunken Garden
  31. ‘Royal Lee’ cherry tree – Sunken Garden
  32. 2 x ‘Jiro’ Fuyu persimmon trees– High Density Orchard & Sunken Garden
  33. ‘Maru’ persimmon tree – High Density Orchard
  34. ‘Cot-N-Candy’ Aprium (apricot-plum hybrid interspecific plum) tree – High Density Orchard
  35. ‘Dapple Dandy’ Pluot (plum-apricot hybrid interspecific plum) tree – Hot Wall Border
  36. ‘Flavor Queen’ Pluot (plum-apricot hybrid interspecific plum) tree (with Santa Rosa plum graft) – Hot Wall Border
  37. ‘Flavor King’ Pluot (plum-apricot hybrid interspecific plum) tree – Hot Wall Border
  38. 4-in-1 Pluot (Flavor King, Flavor Queen, Flavor Supreme and Dapple Dandy) tree – High Density Orchard
  39. ‘Waddell Giant’ pear tree – Perennial Border
  40. ‘Flordahome’ pear tree (with Hood pear and Fan-Stil pear grafts) – Perennial Border
  41. ‘Pink Lady (Cripps Pink)’ apple tree – Sunken Garden
  42. ‘Sundowner (Cripps Red)’ apple tree – Sunken Garden
  43. ‘Tropic Sweet’ apple tree – Tropical Garden
  44. Mystery apple tree with multiple grafts – Sunken Garden
  45. Espaliered apple (Anna, Fuji and Dorsett Golden) tree – Kitchen Garden
  46. ‘Eva’s Pride’ peach tree – Tropical Garden
  47. ‘Florida Prince’ peach tree – Tropical Garden
  48. ‘Peachy Keen’ peach tree – Sunken Garden
  49. ‘Orange’ (aka Apple) quince tree – Sunken Garden
  50. ‘Pineapple’ quince tree – Sunken Garden
  51. ‘Tropic Gold’ apricot tree – Sunken Garden by pond
  52. ‘Big Jim’ loquat tree – Sunken Garden by pond
  53. ‘Meiwa’ kumquat tree – Sunken Garden
  54. ‘Fukushu’ / ‘Changshou’ kumquat (Fortunella obovata ‘Fukushu’) tree – Kitchen Garden
  55. Clementine tree – Hot Wall Border
  56. 2 x Seedless ‘Kishu’ mandarin trees – Perennial Border
  57. ‘Owari’ (Citrus reticulata ‘Owari’) Satsuma mandarin tree – Perennial Border
  58. ‘Tomlinson’ natal plum – Perennial Border
  59. White fleshed dragon fruit cactus from seeds – Tropical Garden
  60. ‘Violette de Bordeaux’ fig tree with grafts of Ponte Tresa, Adriatic JH – Mediterranean Garden
  61. ‘Tiger / Panache’ fig tree – Hot Wall Border
  62. ‘LSU Purple’ fig tree – Hot Wall Border
  63. ‘Col de Dame Blanc’ fig tree – Hot Wall Border
  64. Unknown black fig tree (possibly Black Mission) with grafts of Long Yellow, Nixon, LSU Improved Celeste, Ponte Tresa, Adriatic JH and Violette de Sollies – Mediterranean Garden
  65. Unknown green fig with grafts – Hot Wall Border
  66. 4 x Guamúchil (Pithecellobium dulce) grown from seeds – Hot Wall Border
  67. Tipu tree – Hot Wall Border
  68. ‘Blueberry’ grapevine – Hot Wall Border
  69. ‘Thompson Seedless’ grapevine – Hot Wall Border
  70. Blackberries: Triple Crown, Black Satin
  71. Baba red raspberries – Kitchen Garden and Hot Wall Border
  72. Sweet Bay Laurel tree – Kitchen Garden
  73. Purple tree collard – Perennial Border
  74. 2 x Chinese Goji berry (Lycium barbarum) – Sunken Garden by pond
  75. Giant Timber bamboo – Tropical Garden
  76. Mexican Weeping bamboo – Hot Wall Border
  77. Okinawan spinach – Sunken Garden
  78. Longevity spinach – Tropical Garden
  79. ‘Purple Passion’ asparagus – Kitchen Garden
  80. Aloe Vera – Tropical Garden
  81. Cuban oregano – Kitchen Garden
  82. ‘Spear’ mint – Kitchen Garden
  83. ‘Kentucky Colonel’ mint – Tropical Garden
  84. Molokai Purple sweet potato – Sunken Garden
  85. Saffron bulbs – Mediterranean Garden
  86. ‘Maid of Orleans’ Arabian jasmine – Kitchen Garden
  87. ‘Angel Wing’ Jasmine – Kitchen Garden
  88. ‘Black Lace’ elderberry (Sambucus nigra) – Perennial Border
  89. Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum) – Tropical Garden
  90. Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) – Tropical Garden and Hot Wall Border Planters
  91. Assortments of seasonal veggies and herbs based on season
  92. ‘Luna’ plumeria – Sunken Garden
  93. ‘Thumbelina’ plumeria – Sunken Garden
  94. Pineneedle milkweed (Asclepias linaria) – Tropical Garden
  95. Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) – Sunken Garden
  96. Yerba mansa – Garden Pond
  97. Texas Olive tree – Hot Wall Border
  98. ‘Phyllis Bide’ rose – Tropical Garden
  99. Blue Butterfly Mist – Kitchen Garden
  100. ‘Claremont’ Pink/Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) – Tropical Garden

The House

Our last major update to the interior of the house was done in early 2018, when we completely redesign and rebuilt the kitchen and laundry area.

A huge amount of new cabinets were installed, new stained concrete flooring and new appliances were added complete this new kitchen.

We also have recently updated the second bathroom with new fans, lights, shower doors, tiles and vanity in June of 2019.

Additional Property Details

3 bedrooms / 2 baths / 1,306 sq ft / 7,109 sq ft lot

Cross Streets: E Carter Dr & E Frost Dr

Interior has been updated for a more open floor plan in the kitchen and living room area. 

Stained concrete floor throughout.

New roof installed in winter of 2013.

Spray Foam Attic Insulation installed winter of 2015.

Upgraded to new 200 AMP electric service panel in spring of 2017.

New siding with brand new sheathing, house wrap, foam insulation and vinyl siding installed in summer of 2017. Increased house exterior insulation with much higher R-value compared to original exterior.

New Clopay Gallery IntelliCore 18.4 R-value garage door, one of the most insulated model, installed October of 2018.

Big kitchen remodel in February of 2018, with all new white modern cottage cabinetry, butcher block countertop,  dishwasher, electric cooktop and reverse osmosis drinking water at the kitchen sink. New shiplap walls to complete the look. Brand new built-in oven added June of 2019. Microwave and counter-top ice maker are included.

Whole-house water softener installed February of 2018.

Brand new soffits installed June of 2019.

Updated second bathroom with new fans, lights, shower doors, tiles and vanity in June of 2019.

Asking price: $285,000

Serious buyers please visit our MLS listing page and contact our agent through there for showing and other detail info.

Thank you again for your interest.

We really hope this food forest can continue to produce for other families for years to come!