Our back yard is constantly evolving. It looked like this in Spring of 2010:
|Digging up buttercup.|
|Adding soil and mulching around the edges.|
The harvest our first year was modest but delicious- lettuce, brassicas and some zucchini.
In 2011, we built three raised beds, using reclaimed cedar fencing.
|Constructing raised beds, spring 2011|
We added tomatoes to the rotation and added a hoop house over the tomato bed to give them an added heat boost.
|Raised beds just after planting|
|View into the hoop house.|
|Chad watering the garden, summer 2011|
|Brassicas and lettuces, late summer 2011|
In Spring 2012, we expanded to six raised beds, and built a tomato house and an early season hoop house for squash and cucumbers.
We also started utilizing metal concrete reinforcement grids for trellises. This approach is inexpensive, durable, attractive, and really easy to install. We are now using them for everything that climbs- beans, peas, squash, cukes, etc.
One of the six beds was dedicated entirely to flowers, to attract bees and enjoy the bright pleasures of a cutting garden.
|Late summer 2012|
|Spring 2013: Trellisses just in, tomato house before the cover was added.|