Wallingford Vegetable BedsTraditional Landscape, Seattle
Juniper wood raised beds. Woodchips surrounding and insectary beds for pollination.
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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
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
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
“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
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.