I have a renewed hope for spring. The seed catalogs are here!
I would say by the time we moved last August, the most difficult thing for me to leave was my beautiful garden. We have never lived somewhere where I had the space and time to do it well, until then. And it became a very therapeutic and relaxing project that produced a good crop for us and savings at the grocery store. I did 4×4 raised beds over an area that was probably 15′ x 40′. (This picture is the east half of it., right after planting.) Flowers, herbs and edible landscaping were interspersed through the gardenscape and it was so pretty as well as functional. It was a hard thing to leave behind. A great deal of the information I used in constructing it came from “Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space”. It is the best book on gardening I have ever read.
Here in Pleasant Dale we don’t have too much flat ground in the back yard. I desperately want to build a new garden, but can you put a garden in your front yard when you live in “town”. I use the term “town” loosely since at most, there are 50 houses in our little village and living at it’s southernmost edge, my front yard over looks “town”, but my back has a beautiful view of timber, creek and farm fields.
The backyard is a full on slope at a 35°-40° angle. Our house is also four stories tall out back, which means a couple levels of stairs to reach the back yard. The exercise would definitely be good, but I am afraid the garden wouldn’t get as much attention and it would definitely not have the protection from the abundant wildlife that frequents the creek and timber back there. I love the views from that side of the house and it would be absolutely gorgeous when it was finished. With an investment of time and money, we could eventually build in wide, flat terraces down the back slope and establish garden beds on them. I’m just not sure we are up to that kind of an investment, this year.
How do you all feel about front-yard gardening? The raised bed style garden can be extremely beautiful, but I don’t want to commit a gardening faux pas. I am considering taking out the four-foot wide flower bed along the driveway, that has been in dire need of attention the last couple of years, replacing the landscape timbers and creating some edible landscaping with blueberry bushes, rhubarb, strawberries, herbs and flowers. I even have one little section that I would like to dedicate to garlic since it would be confined there and not be able to spread into other areas. For the vegetables, I could create a sort of raised-bed “berm” with it’s trellises and maybe even a pretty arched arbor for a grapevine. What do you think? Too much for a front yard?
I really covet your opinions and suggestions. I am dreaming of heirloom tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, jalapenos and basil and these seed catalogs are calling to me in loud, persistent shouts. They are not using their indoor voices and I am about to succumb, but first I need a plan. Lend me your garden guru wisdom and I will make you proud.