For a while now, Bryce and I have wanted to make a small vegetable garden. Every year it's been on the list of "to dos" and every year spring is so busy it gets pushed right off the list. However, this year when Al and Marilyn came to visit we got it started!
One of the hardest parts was simply figuring out the layout of the garden. I wanted a small garden that was manageable and contained. Also, I wanted to fit in some flowers for cutting. Therefore, we put two raised beds in the center of the garden with beds all around the perimeter for flowers, herbs and a vegetable or two. The lawn in front of the shed made the most sense for the garden as it gets great light all day and isn't a high traffic area that the children play in. Also, I love how the shed and it's climbing rose is a lovely backdrop for the garden!
Bryce and Al rented a sod cutter to take up all the sod on the lawn where the garden went.
Once they built and placed the beds, they put landscape covering down where the pea gravel was going to go. I wanted pea gravel to help tie in our area by the house that also has pea gravel. Plus, I like how it looks!
We also put a thin, metal edging around where the gravel and the outside beds would meet. We had garden topsoil delivered (so much dirt to move!) and filled all the beds with new, lovely soil. It also gave me great pleasure to spread my very own compost into all of the beds! In a coming up post, I'll detail what we planted!
Also, we must figure out a fence. I live in fear that a bunny and/or deer will take out the garden while we sleep! We have two options- a wooden fence that Bryce would build or an old wrought iron fence that is really quite lovely. I just can't decide! Any thoughts?