April 17, 2012
Food in the Front Yard Project: Part 2
I had been pretty worried about whether a vegetable garden in the front yard would look nice, and not until I saw our finished planter boxes did I really believe it could.
We built ours out of redwood, which is beautiful - and more importantly, naturally rot resistant. Cedar is too, and in fact, when we were researching how to put this garden together, cedar was the wood most often recommended. But redwood was less expensive and easier to find. Ours came from a lumber yard, which had a better selection than the home-improvement stores we visited.
Once we figured out how many boxes we wanted (four) and what size they were going to be (roughly 3 feet-by-5 feet) my husband drew up some plans and put them together in the garage.
landscape fabric to help prevent weed and grass growth.
Then we put the planters down, spent a lot of time checking that they were evenly spaced, and filled them with soil. After that, we covered the landscape fabric with rock.
Besides the redwood, dirt and rock were easily our most significant expenses. Because we needed so much of both, we opted to have it all delivered from Allen's Valley Loam. Definitely cheaper and more convenient than trying to purchase by the bag.
Next week: Spring plants