We’re taking a look at four raised bed garden ideas; each one is placed in designated areas. This is very different from my space at the farm and it took some getting used to. The reason for spreading things out was to create focal points and present ideas.
Kind of like plugs of inspiration to view when others drive or walk by, I guess you could say our place will be the example of a fun homestead property.
Each garden is unique and has a different function; It’s my hope one day I can take all these concepts and place them in a squared off fenced area to enjoy.
Garden #1, Herb/Berry Startle Garden
Getting the new gardens ready for planting has been challenging; it feels like I’ve been prepping for months.
This was the first garden, it’s a nice Startle Garden for herbs and a few berry plants; in another two months it’s going to look even better. You might remember I propagated my herbs from the farm; they all survived with the exception of the Lemon Balm.
As of right now this is probably my favorite space because it’s producing and my soil prep was right on track.
We’ll revisit this space after it’s had a chance to really begin producing and it’s nice and lush.
Garden #2 The Quail Garden
The Quail garden carries on that same startle garden concept but this time with 8 ft beds and the width is under 2 ft. There will be three raised beds in this set up and they’re almost filled just waiting on me to finish the job.
This space has been dealing with a lot of setbacks due to rainy weather. The next step here is to plant the beds then fill in the ground with dirt so I can also plant new grass. All this while getting it framed and wired; I might have to work on this project in my sleep.
Garden #3 The Flower Beds
This is another area that sits right in front of our future Tiny House. This space took a hard hit when we had rain for two weeks straight. This gave Robert the idea to raise the ground so he’s been moving soil and later that turned into a new bridge project.
Which brings me to these boards… These were pulled up from our first bridge and I didn’t dare waste the wood so we cut, drilled and stained turning them into raised beds.
I did a stacking set up similar to Garden #1 making this another example of a Startle Garden concept. This space will be where I plant cut flowers and it’s possible I may sneak in a new Lemon Balm plant.
The clean up after all that rain really slowed things down… But with each day we’re making progress and things are starting to take shape.
Garden #4 – The Blackberry Beds
Here we have the 2 x 8 ft. blackberry beds and I finally got them all built, stained, filled and planted; I’m happy to report the vines are doing great. Additional trellis bars will be added in April or May once the vines mature. This space will also work like a privacy wall as these beds sit right behind the RV which stays parked until we get another piece of land.
With all four set ups I can say there really isn’t a favorite because they all complement perfectly and each concept is a neat example for gardeners seeking to grow all types of things.
Raised beds are a win, win and my favorite way to garden. I’m able to move forward with other projects because my hours of maintenance are decreased; this makes me happy because as much as I love gardening I don’t like it to consume my life.
To find these projects and more visit the raised bed category here. This link is loaded with ideas and things that I’ve incorporated at the farm and here at Quail Grove.
How’s your garden projects coming along? Are you just getting started or are you ready to put seeds in the ground?