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I love the variety in this garden - and with the addition of a large, in-ground bed this year, our backyard space is more equipped to handle this sort of planting. We've used smaller, raised beds in the past, but it's made watering more difficult (until we can upgrade to an automatic drip system) and it's somewhat limiting in terms of space. We've planted the whole in-ground bed from seed, and it will be a great way to experiment with a bunch of crops we haven't tried before... to see what does well, what we like and use, and what we want to grow again!
This one is really unique. I love the way they've used color as a border and to unify all the beds despite their differing shapes and sizes. I'd love to do a small scale version of this, using pollinator-attracting plants as a border around some of our smaller planted areas.
Something we're giving more thought to this year, is the location of particular plants - and trying to use our vertical space to maximize yields. I love this cucumber trellis idea - something that could work for peas, tomatoes, or any plant that can be trained to climb. I also love that we could build this from things we have laying around.
We've also been doing a lot more cooking lately, and we're hoping to have a kitchen-friendly garden, with lots of herbs to use along with our veggies. Here is an idea that I found so creative. It's a wagon-wheel, with various herbs planted in the sections of the spokes. It would still be something interesting to look at over the winter months, and during the growing season, the spokes provide the perfect framework for an interesting herb garden (all without taking up too much space).
And although this layout isn't practical for the space we're working on right now, I can envision this in a different area of the yard - or for anyone who needs a way to encorporate garden beds into a non-traditional space (like along a narrow walkway)! I especially love that you could grow UP as well, along a trellis like this. I'm thinking grapevine.... AND, it's from one of my fave garden blogs... Studio G.
And of course, the thing that inspires me the most is thinking about ENJOYING the garden, once it's established. Thinking about a blooming, producing garden with chickens wandering and relaxing in a shady spot to take it all in... now THAT's got me motivated . :)
Happy Mother's Day - and Happy Planting!