Thursday, 10 January 2013

Creative Vegetable Gardening, Joy Larkcom

I was lucky enough to receive the aforementioned book as a Christmas gift this year (thanks!) and it's been fueling some inspirational thoughts for the garden.

The book is all about how to make vegetable gardens beautiful, and is plum full of ideas!

Some initial thoughts as I work my way through the book:
  • Arched trellises between the beds. We may need to increase the spacing a little bit to get this to work, but I think it'll be a great space for cucumbers, peas, beans, and climbing squash.
  • Hanging planter boxes (like window boxes) to hang from wooden fence to hold herbs (found this one on pinterest)
  • Terraced raised beds - three small beds of staggering heights - this would be really pretty along a hill or fenceline
  • A semi-permanent screen made by 1x1s in 4-6" squares would be great for cucumbers and primary
  • Seating - these gardens are so cute and all have a chair or bench in them to enjoy the setting. we'll have to figure out something...maybe the Adirondack chair??
  • Containers - filling little corners, etc. with containers filled with flowers or veggies. Note - soak new terracotta pots before using so they don't suck up all the moisture. The book recommends the following (we can think about these for the hanging boxes too!):
    • Basil
    • Marjoram
    • Thyme
    • Bay
    • Juniper
    • Lavender (I wonder if we could over-winter these in the greenhouse??)
    • Lemon Verbena
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • Tarragon
    • Chives
    • Lemon Balm (we planted this in a container last year, I wonder if it'll come back?)
    • Mints (yes!)
    • Chives
    • Parsley
    • Caraway
    • Dill
    • Coriander
    • annual flowers, including marigolds to keep the bunnies away!
  • For the herb garden, I think we need some creeping thyme as a nice border plant
  • Intercropping - apparently onions can be intercropped with lettuce. We'll need to try this!

1 comment:

  1. Always nice to be inspired. There are some terraced beds on my boards on Pinterest. Lisa is interested in doing some in her back yard so there are a couple for s gentle slope in Lisa's Pins. I also have stuff in for the garden, garden projects, for the yard, the potager. We painted the interior of clay pots to prevent from stealing all the moisture from the soil.