So, when we started, we had a weed infested small back yard. I spent weeks pecking away at it trying to clear out the rocks and weed barriers that only compounded pulling the weeds that had grown through them. In addition, we found that the local area was teeming with vermin that loved to dig up tender roots as a night time delicacy. So what do you do when you are tired of the standing weeds, your wife wants to get her green thumb on in the garden, and the local pests keep attacking the more tender of plants? You go up!
Now, I didn’t do all this on my own. We turned to help from a landscaper to handle the brick work and handle the initial clean up. What I had been pecking away at for several weekends they were able to do and more in just a couple of hours, then they put in the brick work for the raised bed and fire pit along with the pavers to the second garden behind the raised bed.
Then, if a plant was a likely target of foraging animals, was small, or needed extra sun, we planted them in the raised flower bed. It made things a bit less accessible to the animals, plus gave the plants a better line on the sunshine despite the fence. If it was less desirable to animals, needed some shade, or grew fairly tall, then we had a second garden behind the raised flower bed.
Now, this was not perfect by any means….
Rabbits are horrible horrible creatures… that can jump. So while the raised bed discouraged many animals and gave us some time while the rabbits found easier snacks in the neighbor hood, when things got lean, they found the raised bed anyway and jumped in. Second, birds apparently have a sweet beak and like to go after strawberries. So not perfect by any means. However, we chalked it up to the suburban life and the lack of predators in the area with minimal food supplies. So up went the mesh fence around the plants.
First, a raised bed is easy on the back. Not something we really thought about till we had one. You just sit on the stones and tend your garden. Plus the lip of the garden doubled as extra seating when we had friends over. So a nice little space with lots of functions, and fresh veggies to boot.