Have you seen the March issue of Sunset magazine? I had a few moments to relax last night and picked up this latest issue to sooth my mind with their pretty pictures and interesting articles. I discovered a short but nice article that starts on page 49 titled, “Your best ever Veggie Garden”. They go on to show you their raised bed design for a mixed veggie and flower garden using medium sized rocks to form the garden border and contain the good garden soil. The photos in the article show the garden in March before the seedlings were planted and again in full production in August. Their design creates an artistic yet still productive vegetable garden (with some flowers for beauty and to attract the bees), that would be very appropriate for a small space like the corner of a backyard. I like that they are showing an artistic raised bed design and also promoting how productive a small garden can be.
I use raised beds for my veggie gardens too. Only mine are more utilitarian and functional rather than aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Around my home here in the mountains, the Sunset designed raised bed made out of rocks placed on the ground would not work to keep the gophers out of my garden. They would just tunnel underneath or scramble over the top of the rocks to get to the goodies within. I have actually seen a pumpkin plant disappear before my eyes as a gopher pulled it down into the earth! Whoosh! There it goes. Straight down into the ground. In an instant my baby pumpkin plant became a gopher snack. That was my first season gardening up here. Since then I have learned to plant in raised beds with ½ inch wire grid or doubled up 1 inch chicken wire underneath the whole bed frame.
Anyway, I really enjoy reading Sunset magazine and like their gardening and food ideas very much. I like to sit down and relax with the regular printed version of the magazine rather than just read the stories online. It seems more relaxing to me that way. It gets me in the spring planting mood to see their lush garden photos. They also have some nice recipes for spring veggies in this same issue.
Go check out the March issue. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
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