Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Raised Bed Chronicles - Part III

On Monday morning I went outside, looked at this thing, and thought, This is absolutely hideous. A vampire would sleep in it. What was I thinking?!

And that was even before I saw the photos of Sherwood and Diane's beautiful, and productive, gardens.

Out came the pad and pen, and I started redesigning it (yet again!) into several lovely little terraces. Then I kind of came-to and remembered that what I wanted it for was growing food, not decorating the yard. Lots of lovely terraces would take up more square footage with stonework and leave less actual growing space.

Larry suggested we simply build an attractive adjunct with just a few pieces of the pricier decorative stone. Thus the new half-circle broccoli bed you see here:

It still looks like a tomb. But a nicer tomb. One with a place to leave offerings.

And with some hi-tech irrigation equipment, we're good to go.


Sherwood Harrington said...

This looks great! If your rabbit friends allow the foliage to grow, it will look even better later. That's going to be a challenge; I can't imagine trying to garden without Fort walls -- and a big yellow Fort dog.

Christy said...

I think it's amazing! My youngest wanted a garden so my Mom came for a visit to start one. I fear my brown thumbs will ruin any of Rebecca's carrots or tomatoes... I look forward to hearing how yours progresses.