Raised kitchen garden planters made the sloped front yard into a pretty and functional space. Redwood steps and gravel patches ease access between the beds. And the whole lovely scene can also be enjoyed from the shade of the porch.
Protect plants and young seedlings from hungry rabbits by covering them with a barrier. This strawberry patch outsmarts rabbits with a pvc-and-hardware-cloth cage that’s lightweight and easy to remove for berry picking. The top of the cage is bird netting, which rabbits can bite through—a feat they can’t achieve with the hardware cloth sides.
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.
Your kitchen garden can be as elaborate as a large plot of land sporting many raised beds and trellises or as simple as a few pots on a sunny balcony. As long as you have a spot that gets five to six hours of sun (hopefully near the kitchen, thus the name), well-amended soil or a good potting medium and are committed to the process, your garden will thrive.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil; but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest.
What was once a slippery clay slope became a wonderful edible garden with the addition of terraced raised beds, steps and gravel treads. The gardens are only 4 feet wide, so they're easy to access from all sides.
An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. The grass in the area wasn't growing properly due to poor soil;, but it received sun all day. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest. The addition of string lights makes it a wonderful "room" in the evening for cocktails under the stars.
Featured in this raised bed is an appealing cacophony of color including hot pink dianthus (a type of sweet William); lighter pink yarrow (Achillea Millefolium); hot pink salvia in the background; golden coleus 'Wizard' in the foreground and 'Sunshine' ligustrum, miniature to the left and right.