Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Planning the Garden

Despite the fact that we've lived in our house since August, it still looks like a construction site (sorry, Neighbors!). It's been really hard to prioritize landscaping because a) it's so expensive and b) I'm juggling a million other things that feel much more urgent and important.

We did manage to get three different plans and quotes, and we fell in love with the design above. It's an edible landscape. The squares are raised beds that will provide 64-square feet of gardening space, strategically situated between our driveway and the front door so that we constantly have to walk through it. There are also five blueberry bushes! And a pomegranate tree! And an herb garden. And random things stuck in there like kale, swiss chard, etc. 

My favorite part is that the design includes drip irrigation, which is better for the environment and will reduce the amount of required maintenance. 

I think it will be a fun little place to explore and experience the awe of gardening. 

We're hoping to be able to get afford to get this done in the next couple months!  

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andee said...

I'm not getting a picture. I would love to see it though!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Sorry! I forgot! I'll try to upload it when I'm back at home.

Angela Mae said...

What planning tools/techniques or books are you using to figure out how you want your garden arranged?
I keep starting and stalling whenever I try to plan out our yard and garden. Your approaches to organization and planning always work so well for me! I'd love to learn more about how you wrap your mind around this project.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Square Foot Gardening! It's very clear, systematic, easy-to-follow, and efficient. It's a single book you can check out at the library or purchase.

Julia said...

What was the process like specifically to get this plan? Did you call a local landscaper, and they came out and then planned around your space? I'd love to do something like that at our house, and get rid of some of the existing shrubs, etc. that aren't very useful/pretty.

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, Julia!

We had three different landscape designers come out to the house for a free consultation. Two of them did free designs for us as part of the process to get our business. Hope that helps!

violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

Have you thought about letting part of the yard "go wild" and creating a butterfly garden? I'm a big fan! http://www.nababutterfly.com/guide_index.html

My husband and I live in an apartment, but we have a patio with lots of herbs, some veggies, and lots of butterfly friendly plants in the summer (right now it's all covered in slush).

tatgeer said...

I'd love to see the photo!

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