Posts tagged ‘beauty’

Raised vegetable beds in the garden – how and why.

One of the new raised beds in the vegetable garden

I have just this weekend completed another stage in my garden by edging two beds I built last year.  Our block of land is on a slope and in order to get a level planting surface raised beds are necessary, effectively as a form of terracing.  The edging of the beds created semi-raised beds (see photo).

I am a fan of edging vegetable beds for a number of reasons.  Firstly it makes an effective barrier to weeds/grass entering the bed, particularly if you have invasive grass species in your lawn like cooch or kikuyu.  Once these get into a bed they can be difficult to eradicate, and prevention is better than cure.

Raised garden beds also provide easy access, particularly for those who find it difficult to bend.  My beds are a little low for this to be a benefit but I that was one of my aims I would add another row of sleepers for height.

Those will heavy soils will also find raised vegetable beds to be of benefit.  Nobody likes to stand with their feet in water, and vegies are no exception.  One downside of this increased drainage though that I have found is in summer the drainage can be too fierce.  I have lined the walls of several of my other raised beds with plastic to reduce the passage of water out of the bed through the sides. continue reading..

The importance of beauty in the garden


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irisYou may be excused for thinking that, based on my post to date, gardens should be productive spaces, and that aesthetics have little impact on me.  This however is not the case.

It is true that I believe that gardens should be productive, and that a garden without some sort of fruit/vegetable production is a wasted opportunity.  However that is not the full story.  To me gardens are about beauty, and I believe a vegetable garden or a fruit tree is a beautiful thing.  Growing produce for your family, friends and self is also a beautiful thing.

I believe the vegetable garden should not just be a functional space, but also a place that is designed well, with hard landscaping that provides a framework for the vegetables etc to look their best.  Beauty is important.

Hence today I am sharing a picture of the irises in my garden that are currently in full bloom.  This marvellous pale blue welcomes visitors as they walk along the  deck to our front door.  Enjoy!