Kitchen Garden ~ Raised Beds Complete!
Drum roll please...the raised beds are complete! I think they are fabulous!
When the beds were going in we realized just how much of a slope there is in this area.
In order to have all the beds level the beds in the upper section are built two boards high and the beds on the lower section are 8 boards high. I was a little concerned at first but now I love the result. The highest side acts as a wall and frames the kitchen garden. We even created a little step up between the beds.
In the center of the beds is a raised pot on four 18" x 18" blocks of flagstone. It gives a little bit of a sculptural element to the area and breaks up the ridged lines.
Today, my kids and I transplanted the strawberries and herbs from the old raised beds so that they can be dismantled to make room for the stock tank pond. We planted seeds for carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions, spinach and cabbage. We should be able to get one harvest of these cool season crops before it is time to plant most of our summer seeds. Also planted were tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, German chamomile, parsley, basil, cilantro, and dill.