The first few boxes going in.
When we were in Santa Fe we went to a garden pottery and furniture shop and I picked up this tortoise planter. He sits next to the sidewalk to greet you as you walk into the garden.
This was the original plan before I figured out what to do with the open space in front of the boxes. Each of the boxes are 6 foot square. When you read about building raised beds you will be instructed to make them no wider than 4 feet. I have wider beds in the rest of the garden so I was already comfortable working with larger beds and I didn't want to waste planting space to paths. We made the paths 3 feet wide.
I wanted some pretty places to plant flowers and here is one that we came up with. We had the birdbath already. I might place something else in the middle if I find the perfect feature.
Instead of using the top as a birdbath I planted it. The water evaporates too quickly here anyway.
My husband built an arbor and a bench for the front of the garden. We were trying to design the sides of the arbor when I suggested a heart and he liked that idea. It worked out well. I dug out a spot for a flower bed in the front corner. I have planted a ground cover rose and will add an evergreen and more flowers later.
|The tree in front is a pecan.|
He still has to build the other side. I will plant climbing roses next to the arbor with some clemantis. The two beds in front are 4X6 and will be planted with herbs.
I planted a rose in the bed behind the bench also. I will plant an evergreen shrub or something else for winter interest in both of these beds.
I found some pots at a yard sale so I added this little feature on the side of the garden. This gravel covered spot is between two pine trees. I plan to add short evergreen trees and shrubs later. We gathered a bunch of rocks to edge the gravel for a more finished look.
My dad brought those two seats back from Arkansas for me. They are a convenient height to sit in while weeding the raised beds. They used to be on a cultivator and are very comfie.
I was going to build three long boxes over here next year but decided to try growing sunflowers and squash in the soil this year. I think I will just try to improve the soil instead of building more boxes. I will use this space for growing corn, potatoes, and winter squash. It will be on a three year rotation with two more large beds I have in the rest of the garden.
This sunflower was growing here before we started work on the new garden. It was in the right spot so we left it.
The children's gardens are along the side of the new garden and add some color with all the flowers they have planted.
And here's a photo of my flower border. I love the mix of colors going on right now. Thanks for visiting!
Briana, your garden columnist for The Christian Home Magazine