Update on the country garden moving into winter

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Standing in the NE corner looking downslope to the SW.

(Apologies for the soft focus on all the pictures, I think the autofocus on our camera is broken but I didn’t realize it until I was home.)

I’ve been spending time the past month finishing bed preparation on the country garden we have at a friend’s place. While there’s one and a half beds left to prep the design is good to go. It will have one bed that is 24″ x 70′, nine beds that are 48″ by 70′ and an additional area approximately 72″ x 70′ that I’ll use for perennial plantings like cane fruits and possibly blueberries.

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You can see the half finished bed. One more bed will be built to the right and the remaining space up to the fence on the right will be used for some sort of perennial garden. Perennials, especially beneficial attractants, will also find their way in to the other beds too.

Three of the beds are raised (paths dug out to overfill the bed area). I’m not sure how well they will work in this site with the soil, as the soil is sandy and free-draining in most spots. Raised beds are easier on the back, however, which is why I wanted to try them.

The raised beds. I need to flatten the tops so the mulch doesn't wash off.
The raised beds. I need to flatten the tops so the mulch doesn’t wash off.

The site slopes gently with a southwest exposure with a very warm microclimate compared to the surrounding farm. It will be interesting to see how this site evolves as I gain experience and build soil.

A pulled back shot facing east showing all the beds.
A pulled back shot facing east showing all the beds.
The north fenceline. The grass needs to be pushed back. Chickens may use that section as winter ground to help scratch it up.
The north fenceline. The grass needs to be pushed back. Chickens may use that section as winter ground to help scratch it up.
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Looking from the northwest corner to the southeast corner.
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