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The vegetable garden is placed near an out-of-the-way walkway at the back of Longwood, but in many ways it could be the showpiece. With fencing on all sides to keep out predators, the theme of gently weathered wood begins. Notice how the sight lines of the arbor overhead and stakes in the interior are running perfectly parallel.
Once you enter the inner garden, you will notice the closely cut grass, freshly turned soil and perfectly cut edges. In between the grass and soil is a narrow trench that is angled outward. This is the classic edging for garden beds, keeping weeds out and creating a beautiful, clean line. The only problem: It needs to be cut at least once a year to maintain the look.
Another beautiful touch are the twig fences that are still living. Simply plant a flexible plant that roots easily, such as willow, and tuck the top into the ground. The plant will grow with both ends tucked into the ground.
On the far side of the garden are yet more freshly dug and cut beds. Notice the trenches cut out to separate beds within beds, and the obelisks that provide a vertical line to the horizontal beds. The obelisks offer an opportunity to mix in a few ornamentals such as clematis or climbing hydrangea to break up boxes of cabbage and kohlrabi.