Sorry I couldn’t scan this, *someone* may have stolen the appropriate cable to do some incredibly geeky things involving equipment I will never understand.
Then, I tried to photograph it (I know, old school!) and ANOTHER *someone* may have decided the plan made a nice cushion.
Yes, my tree is still up. Yes I know it’s January 13th. Also, I recognise that I am completely busted on the cookie front.
Anyway, the garden layout. You’ll see the two plum trees. Is the Golden Plum too close to the deck in terms of roots?
I think the chickens will enjoy being under the plum tree. Also, I put it closest to the house as we will have to go out every day. The roof of the coop will be a bed for the salad greens, and along the south wall I will be putting up some vertical beds for strawberries.
The 7′ polytunnel runs parallel to the coop. I put it up north so that it doesn’t shade any other beds. Trellised plants go to the west of each bed so they don’t shade other plants. I actually just nixed the bay tree – my parents grow more than both of us could ever use. That whole area south of the coop may be going in next year depending how difficult we find the rest of the garden. Since it’s not a raised bed I will have to be doing a lot more work to build up the soil etc.
I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory. There is a kids’ play area around the Golden Plum, and another kids’ area north of the Prune Plum. That’s for their own veggie bed, a scarlet runner bean teepee and free access to the raspberries when we put them in.
The herbs are in a temporary spot, somewhere sunny, until the deck is built. Then they’ll go in planters all over the deck – for easy access from the kitchen.
If you can see them, the rain barrels and irrigation hose are also noted, with 5 X 75g barrels feeding the garden. I hope to use a low-flow system, but I have a lot more reading to do.
Speaking of reading, I consulted a few websites (see below) as well as Jeff Ball’s “60 Minute Garden” when planning this layout. I am sure that I could better pair the veggies, so if you have any suggestions please feel free to comment! I will probably have to draw a few iterations of this as we go.
I’m hoping we will be able to remove the bin in February – a month late. We are definitely and not unexpectedly behind. The first thing to do will be to have the tree cut down, then to have a pile of gravel delivered and put up where the deck will be. Then the compost/soil mixture next to that. Then we can build the beds without worrying that they will be in the way. We’ll build the polytunnel first, then the two beds south of that. Then the kids bed, the herb garden and the spinach bed. At some point we’ll need to build a proper fence (we have construction temporary fencing right now) so that our plants don’t get stolen. After that the coop!
Here are the links I looked at: