Happy Friday! It has been a busy week, and I am looking forward to the weekend. Today is the day that the landscaper, from Pike Nurseries, assesses our yard and completes the drawing. I’m not sure how quickly we will receive the drawing, but I can’t wait to share it will all of you. If you read my previous post regarding some of my landscaping goals, you know that we just haven’t been able to create the right look for our front yard. It slopes in two directions, and the front porch creates some difficulty too. We finally just decided it was time to call for help. I’ll be sharing more details about all of that soon.
In my post about our ‘Yard Goals’, I mentioned that I wanted to install some raised garden beds. Ryan and I recently cleared some property for that purpose. I’m in planning mode right now, and I thought I’d share what’s going on in my head. So I’m not completely sure what all I’d like to grow, but I do know it will include pumpkins and sunflowers. While researching pumpkins, I found some amazing ideas for smaller gardens. I never thought to grow pumpkins vertically, but I’m now pretty positive that’s what I want to do. I haven’t decided whether a trellis or canopy would be better suited for our space. Both look great!
Since pumpkins are my priority, I decided to research companion plants. I came across a great website, Burpee. Once on their site, you’ll find a helpful companion planting guide. That led to another website which then led to another….and I ended up finding an awesome garden planner tool. Using square-foot gardening techniques, you can create a raised garden bed layout. Click here for all of the details and to start creating your own layout. I’m pretty sure I’m going to try this since I’m a newbie.
Based on everything I’ve been reading, I’ve got a couple of weeks to decide on plants. Many of the plants I’ve looked at can be planted towards the end of the month. I’m really excited to execute this project. If you have raised garden beds, I’d love to hear from you. What works for you? Any helpful tips? Please share in the comments section below. Also, be sure to check back to learn more about our front yard, the design process, and more.