This family-friendly and sustainable backyard features a raised vegetable garden, built-in bench seating, a safari-style pergola and a nearby breakfast deck with a cozy bistro table. Underneath the pergola, a spacious outdoor dining table can comfortably seat up to 11 people for alfresco entertaining.
Micro gardens can be started in even the tiniest of containers and spaces. You can make miniature greenhouses for seed raising and microgreens by upcycling plastic food-grade punnets and bottles, suggests Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com.
Straw is a more utilitarian mulch typically used in vegetable gardens or strawberry patches. Straw is simply the stalks of grain plants. Ask your local straw supplier if their product is clean (doesn’t contain grain heads) and weed-free. Prevent weed seed issues by spreading three sheets of damp newspaper under straw. Some gardeners let straw bales sit a few weeks so weed or grain seeds germinate. This leads to moldy straw—plan to wear a dust mask if you have allergies. Expect to get one to two growing seasons out of straw, depending on how thickly you spread it.
The exterior of this home is reminiscent of a Georgia farmhouse, so as a nod to this design and to help the family's sustainability, designers created raised bed gardens around the pool. Now, the family can enjoy the Southern air while growing their own herbs and vegetables for their kitchen.
Homeowners wanted a simple shelving unit to help them maintain their garden, so designers built integrated steel and cedar shelving welded onto corrugated panel fencing that connects to the fence. These shelves add an area to pot and store gardening supplies next to the raised vegetable planting beds.
This modern trough-style planter can be placed in gardens, and along driveways and walkways to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables. The raised planter, made of Zincalume steel and sold by Gardener's Supply, is 15 inches high.
A new classical order was introduced to the existing disorganized and dysfunctional backyard of this La Jolla home. the garden's new black bottom pool with its mirror-like surface becomes the central focal point and entertainment space. intimate seating areas ,raised vegetable beds, along with a bocci and tennis court were organized with the use of thick stone walls and linear garden paths. mature specimen trees were preserved and laced to create a timeless feeling for this outdoor oasis.
The French Country-style family room features windows or French doors on three sides of the space that open up to the wraparound garden and ocean view. The garden is filled with edible plants and show flowers, including cutting beds and climbing roses, citrus trees and lavender bushes, grape vineyards and raised vegetable beds.