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.
Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.
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.
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.
Square Raised Garden Bed
Elevate your garden with options such as a 2-by-2 cedar raised bed, which can be used separately or in combination
other beds. The garden bed, sold by Gardener's Supply, has aluminum corners.
Kitchen Garden With Herbs and Vegetables in Raised Beds
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.
When selecting a raised garden bed, consider the style, such as metal sides or a wood frame (or both), and what you plan to grow. This metal and wood planter, sold by Gardeners' Supply, is 45 inches long and more than 15 inches wide, plus it is more than 15 inches deep to hold flowers, herbs and vegetables.