Here is a completely different look at the back yard. I was reminded that it was rather optimistic to consider that we would have used or moved all our reno supplies and dismantled the materials shed in time. Also, I wanted more space for the kids to play.
I had some suggestions from readers:
- move golden plum to front yard
- keep dwarf plum in pot on deck for easy picking
- don’t waste a bed on spinach
- put basil with tomatoes
And, I had a desire to somewhat loosen the look. Unfortunately as we have NO SOIL back there I *have* to build beds to be able to plant anything at all. That means that no matter what, there will be some squareness to the deal. I could build hexagonal, star-shaped or trapezoidal beds but really I want easy and cheap construction, and I want the whol bed to be accessible. To loosen it up a bit I put the herbs into a border rather than a box.
I also put all the kid-stuff in one area instead of two.
I’m seriously concerned that the back fence will shade too much of the southern-most veggies, in fact since I took the picture I moved the cabbage to just under the carrots. How can I figure out the general “throw” of the shade from the fence during the summer? It’s obviously steeper than in the winter…. If I could figure out the angle the sun will be at I could do some geometry. Then I would know how far from the fence I needed to move the rutabaga, parsnip and lacinato kale…
So, here’s the layout. What are you thoughts? Tomorrow I will take a vote on the two, unless there are so many comments that I need to go for a third attempt.
Sorry for the crappy picture. This time I couldn’t find the cable to scan it, NOR the decent camera. Times are tough at the homestead!