The Kitchen Garden Remodel
So it was back to the design board for our kitchen garden. Here is what we did.
|East view of kitchen garden, looking from lower tier to upper tier|
|Raised beds in lower tier|
We abandoned our original plan of adding more raised beds to the upper tier garden and created a mini orchard to house the six apple trees (Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji) we ordered. As this area is deceptively sloped, we first had a contractor in to level the space. The original fence was moved back 6 feet, giving us 1,200 sq. ft., and some of the posts that were showing signs of rot were replaced. What a difference this made! It is now a much happier space. The garden feels roomier, the water management greatly improved and it's visually more appealing.
|Mini orchard with 6 apple trees|
At the same time, we added a stack stone wall and pathway on the east side of the orchard that runs along the back side of the fence. This continues the path from the other side of the driveway, providing continuity. It also better defines the flower bed at the top of the hill, anchored by a seven year old brown turkey fig and wildflowers that bring in many native pollinators.
|new stackstone retaining wall and path|
|closer view of short wall and driveway through fence|
As we added this new wall, it seemed the right time to update the retaining wall that divides the lower (raised beds) and upper (orchard) gardens. This wall, previously constructed of bricks, now complements the new wall along the pathway so when looking up the garden from the East it is harmonious.
|new retaining wall dividing orchard and lower garden|
|New herb bed|
I transplanted some of the herbs that remained in raised Bed #1 to the new garden; planting out the rest of the space with several varieties of thyme, oregano, sage, basil and lavender.
Along the north facing fence we transplanted our lone surviving pomegranate tree. It looks like the other two pomegranate trees that we ordered this winter as bare root plants didn't survive.
|Bella taking a break near the kitchen garden|
I'll be adding more containers with edibles as well as incorporating more flowers and companion plants, but for now the framework is complete.