“You’ve come along way baby!” An important part of maintaining a productive growing greenhouse is having a landscape that works along with it.
We started the Greenhouse project in July 2009 and along with it came the task of finding a working landscape to incorporate into the year-round living space. It began with a 10′x12′…… Read more about the greenhouse that started this growing experience on the Growing Year-Round Page on this site.
Think Beyond the Soil & Pots
A necessity to my landscape project was designated areas that would provide conditions that would allow us to grow out of season outdoors. Not only would I be growing in the greenhouse but I wanted to incorporate raised beds that could be used not only for visual interest but a structure that could have a temporary cover allowing me to grow early Spring and late Autumn.
My husband and son put the raised beds together using treated landscape timbers from our local lumber store. The most time consuming set in this project was tamping the ground and working the landscape to get a level area to build on. The timbers used in this landscape project cost about $100. In the landscape project there are two 4′x4′ , two 4′”x 8′, and three 2″ x 8′. I will admit I was as little worried about where I would get enough dirt to fill these large growing structures. I used soil from compost and I also recycle container soil mixed with rabbit compost in these large structures. With each planting I add more compost and work the soil well.
In between each raised bed we used stepping stones and gravel. This allows a decorative walking area in the landscape.
My goal in sharing this adventure with you is to inspire you to think of the possibilities when you entertain the idea of expressing yourself through gardening.