Wallingford Vegetable BedsTraditional Landscape, Seattle

Juniper wood raised beds. Woodchips surrounding and insectary beds for pollination.

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ellison11 wrote:Mar 23, 2014
  • btyagi
    I live in Boston, where there is a huge Italian community. They grow vegetables in any container.....paint cans, buckets etc. and grapes on arbors. The material and aesthetics is not their end point but they grow to eat!
    Their harvest is abundant and they don't spend on fancy beds.
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    Erin Lau Landscape Design- Seattle
    Actually the great thing about Scotch moss is that it does grow in partial to full sun :) It doesn't look great in winter however, when it goes brown. The other great thing about this site is that it gets at least 10+ hours of sun per day, so the vegetable production was amazing, especially the tomatoes! I think its great that everyone can grow vegetables in any type of container they choose!

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Annie Thornton added this to Before and After: See 5 Dramatic Front Yard UpdatesAug 14, 2017

After: Lau started by excavating the lawn and laying down bark mulch. Custom-made juniper raised beds solve the problems of the parking strip’s poor, compacted soil and the constant foot traffic. They also invite pedestrians or visitors from the park across the street to take a seat on their extra-wide overhangs. A birdbath and a pollinator garden add more design interest and greenery to the parking strip, tying it in with the rest of the garden while attracting beneficial wildlife. Read more about this parking-strip garden | Attract Pollinators for a Productive Edible Garden

Annie Thornton added this to 7 Tips to Ensure Success With Raised Bed GardeningMay 25, 2017

Six raised juniper beds built along this parking strip in Seattle contain a wide range of vegetables and herbs, including lettuce, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, carrots, onions, kale and parsley.Tips for Success1. Start with the right material. While a wide variety of materials can be used to build raised beds, outdoor-friendly woods, such as untreated cedar, are the most popular. Avoid pressure-treated wood or other materials that could potentially be hazardous to edible plants. In addition to function, think about using a material that will enhance your garden’s style and work within your space.See the pros and cons of 8 materials | Find a raised bed that matches your garden style

Annie Thornton added this to See 6 Yards Transformed by Losing Their LawnsDec 17, 2014

AFTER: Landscape designer Erin Lau replaced the lawn with six custom raised beds made of juniper, pollinator beds and a small stone birdbath. The size and placement of the beds follow local regulations and keep plants safe from passing dogs; extra-wide seats around the edges give passersby a place to rest on their way to the park. Richardson grows everything from tomatoes to carrots, and the garden gives him exactly what he wanted: a fresh salad for dinner every night and frequent questions about raised beds and edible gardens. See more of this Seattle parking strip

Becky Harris added this to You Said It: ‘We’re Here to Stay’ and Other Houzz QuotablesApr 2, 2014

“That narrow strip of land between the sidewalk and the street, often called the hell strip due to its notoriously inhospitable growing conditions, has become a favorite spot for gardeners wanting to farm their yards.” — Annie ThorntonNow, this article did not actually post this week, but somehow I missed it last week and needed to right the wrong of not including it in the roundup. I shouldn’t play favorites, but this story is the coolest one I’ve read on Houzz in 2014 so far. I love to see creative people making the most of what would otherwise be wasted space, transforming it into something wonderful. Full story: How to Farm Your Parking StripIf you want more specific advice for making the most of a tiny space no matter where it is, check out How to Grow a Kitchen Garden in 16 Square Feet

Annie Thornton added this to How to Farm Your Parking StripFeb 24, 2014

AFTER: Lau excavated the parking strip’s lawn and replaced it with bark mulch, inground planters and six raised juniper beds. Poor soil and frequent pedestrian traffic make raised beds a better idea for parking strips. They also invite people to stop and rest and gather, something Richardson envisioned for this garden.Seattle regulations state that raised beds need to be at least 3 feet away from the street, at least 1 foot away from the sidewalk and at least 3 feet away from one other to allow pedestrian access. They also need to be less than 18 inches tall. Though permitting is required for hardscape elements like these, the city welcomes them. Check with your own municipality before starting a similar project.

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Jane Mendelson added this to Jane's ideasJun 17, 2019

Replacing lawn and narrow strip between driveways

Betty Smith added this to GardenFeb 10, 2019

Edible raised bed garden strip next to sidewalk has a wide edge for seating.

Beloved Grace added this to Beloved's ideasDec 20, 2018

Beautiful. Multiple beds around house

Debra McCarthy added this to Debra's ideasJul 7, 2018

Like the mulched area between the raised beds. Gives it a very clean look

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