This April Bohemian Bounty was happy to work with an experienced gardener in Northwest Austin who had outgrown her current garden space. The garden was 20 feet by 10 feet and held in place by rotting railroad ties. Whenever we see railroad ties we strongly recommend removing them. Creosote, used to preserve the logs, is not approved for use in the landscape. It has a number of cancer causing chemical compounds and not what you want in contact with your veggies.
Bohemian Bounty designed a 2 bed garden, each 4 feet by 20 feet with a comfortable path between and around the beds. The narrow beds meant the gardener no longer had to walk in her bed while working the garden. To reduce materials, labor and cost, the gardens were built in-ground, but raised bed, with the beds being 6 or 7 inches higher than the pathways and border. The raised bed edges are supported by the walkway’s cedar and the beds have 12 inches or more of fluffy, rich soil for plant roots and improved drainage. Cottonseed meal, slow release fertilizer and compost were added to the soil to make up the previous gardening nutrient take and to loosen up the clay soil.
The following garden was a fun one designed by Bohemian Bounty for a family in southwest Austin. It features a raised bed, 3 feet by 10 feet. The challenge came in accounting for the slope in the yard, which changes about one inch per foot. Two sets of 6 inch boards were installed to bring the bed close to level and protect the soil from washing away during heavy rains in the yard.
There were also two mini-gardens placed along the house for blackberries, flowers and asparagus. Both will produce for many years to come with little maintenance.
The kids did an awesome job planting strawberries and lots of seeds. I don’t think Bohemian Bounty has worked with two more attentive children. These veggies will not suffer from a lack of attention as the garden can be seen from the adjacent kitchen window.
Sometimes, clients request a garden as a gift for someone they love – and this garden was one of those special Christmas gifts. The gift goes to a sweet daughter and her family living in Creedmoor, TX.
A portion of the family’s backyard was an open field with mostly bunch grasses and full sun. The soil was mostly clay, but with some organic matter and worms and was a great base for plant roots to expand into. For this garden, we cleared a 24 by 28 foot section of the field, incorporated Garden-ville’s Rose Soil to the bed areas, tilled the clay and new soil together, built and installed cedar raised bed boxes, topped them off with more Rose Soil, added cottonseed meal and Medina Granular fertilizer, mulched the pathways with Garden-ville double-shredded cedar, and finally planted seeds and transplants with the family.
It was a great day of work and we had a wonderful time building and planting this garden with an enthusiastic, close family. The daughter kept telling us it was the best gift ever! Way to go mom! Stay tuned to see how this garden changes through Spring and Summer!
The Bohemians are in full swing for Spring – new and current clients are emailing and calling in preparation and we are still accepting clients. At the end of last year, new clients made Christmas wishes for gardens in 2010. Our first client to get their Christmas wish had an existing garden space that needed refurbishing.
This northwest Austin garden had great soil that was just waiting for dry weather to break ground.
We had 2 glorious days of sun in mid February to begin our work. The original space was wonderful and plentiful. The garden needed set pathways to make the space more usable and soil amendments to add nutrients for the Spring.
When anyone plans out a garden it is good to designate pathways from garden beds to preserve the health of your garden soil. Avoid stepping on your garden soil. Keep your garden beds between 3 and 4 feet wide. It is also a good idea to add natural slow release fertilizer (Medina Granular was used here) and a boost of Nitrogen from a low cost, natural cottonseed meal. We like using newspaper as a natural, biodegradable weed barrier and then cedar mulch over it. Walking and kneeling on mulch is more comfortable than stone but it needs to be refreshed as it degrades. Adding natural material onto the soil keeps the surface permeable for not only rainfall but living creatures like earthworms.