We moved into our house 4.5 years ago now. There have been several different things I wanted to change, one being some of the landscaping. This year I finally decide to conquer the south side of our house and turn it into a suburban garden!
The space on the south side of our house was just so lonely and empty looking. There were a few daylilies and some ferns. I looked at different plants to add to the area, however nothing struck me. In the past I had tried straw bail gardening on that side of the house but there were just too many chemicals for my liking. In the end, I decided to make this whole area into a suburban garden.
The Corner Garden
I took out my shovel and started shoveling the rock with all intentions of getting something planted. While I was doing my shoveling I took a break and started to look at my raised bed garden I had put in last year by a local Minnesota business Urban Food Orchard.
It was like a light went on and I decided instead of spending money on expensive shrubs for the corner I was going to put in a corner garden. The space is right on the south side of the house. The light in my mind apparently got even brighter because I decided I would add vine plants to add a pretty look to my corner with a little height to go over all the day lilies that were already present.
I had Bryan from Urban Food Orchard come out since my husband nor I would consider ourselves too handy or trust our ability to select the correct measurements, wood etc. He helped me devise a perfect triangle for my corner garden.
The Potato Box
This was an idea that came off of Pinterest. Simple enough that I could build it with the help of my husband on my own! Supposedly I’m going to get a lot of potatoes out of this…we will see!
The Main Garden
Last year I had my square raised bed built. I’ve added a little fence around it to ward off the bunnies that tend to visit. My dog also does a nice job of keeping the bunnies away! The addition of my extra gardens to the area made it all finally come together. I call it my small farm in the suburbs!
I love how my gardens turned out. Instead of just another plant I am growing food and I’ve fixed my ugly landscaping/side of the house problem. I added a trellis to the garden for the plants to climb in the corner. I can’t wait to see how it looks once the growing season gets into full swing!
Moral of the story, remember that there is always the option of growing food if you are looking for that perfect plant or filler for an empty area. I can’t wait to have all the fresh vegetables out of my corner garden!
Do you have a garden? What is your favorite thing to grow in it?