Summer by the Bay 3: Vegetable & Cutting Garden
Next, an immense vegetable & cutting garden was added. Unlike the double borders, whose plantings don’t interest summer-visiting deer, this garden had to be fenced with eight-foot chain-link. Forty-some 4 x 10′ raised beds yield a bounty.
- Over forty 4' x '10' raised beds were positioned, then filled with scores of yards of specially-blended organic soil.
- The carpenter's van provides scale for the project. Stacks of completed raised beds, back-center, await placement & filling. This is the right-most of the lower double borders; a gigantic flag pole is at the right. The summer-peak plantings are overwhelmingly deciduous: This is a summer residence, so winter interest isn't relevant, and the options for durable & colorful season-long performance are far greater with deciduous material.
- Especially in early spring, when deciduous species are still dormant, the contrast of the new production garden with the adjacent ornamental double borders (extending out of view to the left) is stark. By the time the owners are in residence, the season's new foliage of the line of screening bayberry bushes hides everything.
- Bayberry bushes, ten feet tall at planting, ensure instant screening: This production garden is directly between the lower double borders & the scrub leading down to the shore.
- The deep rows of raised beds show just how enormous this vegetable & cutting garden is.
- Fenced, arrayed, planted, irrigation-systemed, and (in between) graveled, the production garden is in high gear. The eight-foot fence defeats the deer, while metal mesh buried at its bottom defeats burrowing invaders such as groundhogs & rabbits.
- Flowers & fruit are ready for harvesting!