A Rain Garden for Driveway Runoff

Are you ready to take storm water management on your property to the next level, but not quite sure what to tackle? Here’s a simple idea for how to divert water flowing on your property – in this case your driveway – into a rain garden to slowly absorb the water into the groundwater table (as […]

Slotting in a Side-Yard Garden of Bounty and Beauty

Continuing to share garden inspiration, it’s nice to know that you don’t need a lot of space to create a welcoming, bountiful, beautiful spot.  The garden featured today was tucked into a side yard of an apartment building measuring approximately 20′ x 30′.

A raised bed draws your eye in and holds most of the edibles in this landscape.

A raised bed hosts most of the edibles, with tomatoes, lettuce, and basil. The cucumbers are trained to go up small trellis pitched at an angle towards the fence line to maximize space.

It's okay to mix and match different styles and sizes of raised beds and potted plants.

A lot of the rest of plot has potted plants ranging in sizes from barrels to buckets. A bush variety of raspberry in a container provides light snacking in the middle of the space. The raspberries are complimented by a bright flower.

A cute flower provides an accent on the side.

A perched outdoor fire pit creates a nice spot for communing in the evening, and roasting the occasional marshmallow.

A raised fire pit provides a place to gather in the evening.


Forks! A Fantastic Deterrent for Squirrels and Cats

Are squirrels digging up your dirt? Are cats clawing your carrot bed? We saw this simple solution the other day to deter these unwanted “helpers” in the garden: upside-down forks!

Fork you, squirrels and cats! These prongs help keep the paws from digging.

Just stick in a few forks per cubic foot – plastic or metal – to deter squirrels, cats, and whatever else is trying to dig up your delicacies.