I didn’t have a garden last year, unless you count this little stone bed by the driveway. I grew a few peppers and cherry tomatoes in here, along with some herbs, while I contemplated my garden conundrum. (Rosemary still going, second winter in a row.)
(That’s Ross’s truck parked in my driveway. He wants to sell it, so he left it here and took my truck back to Norfolk after Christmas.)
I considered portioning out a corner of the front barn yard to make a raised bed garden. It would have to be fenced off high and secure to keep livestock out of it, and really, growing vegetables right in front of them almost sounds mean, doesn’t it?
Then I got this other idea…. I started this deck project to the side of the studio last year. It remains uncompleted, but that’s about to change. Here are several different views of The Area.
This area of the yard is a problem area. It’s sloped and inconvenient and pretty much useless. There’s nothing growing in there–I’ve lived here through the seasons now, so I’m sure of it. It’s just grass. Grass that has to be cut. Grass that has to be cut with a weedeater. You can’t do it with a lawnmower. It’s a laborious task. There are other options, such as try to get some attractive ground cover going, but there’s a lot of grass to contend with before that would work without ongoing management. I’m not interested in pursuing that option.
I started this deck not sure how I wanted to finish it, so I stopped the work on it for awhile. I just wanted to cover up this area–but that’s a lot of deck, more than I need. Railing will be added to the lower platform, but what about the rest of the space, yet open? I left an opening to make steps down to lead behind the stone bed to something to be built on the remaining open area. What if I decked the remaining area and put in raised beds? And probably framed it up the sides with some fencing, a screen door, so the garden beds would be protected from the chickens and dogs. Handy to the kitchens in both the house and the studio, and no worries about deer. Good use of space and can even be attractive.
This spring, it’s going to happen!