|Our backyard won't look like this for long.|
|The deck will get framed by long wooden box gardens.|
|Raised vege beds will go here, with apple and nashi trees espaliered behind.|
|Passionfruit will grow up the trellis.|
|Feijoa trees will be planted along the fence in the bottom corner.|
|This will be planted with herbs for easy picking next to our backdoor.|
|I'm removing the river stones from this garden so it can be planted with leafy greens.|
In the evenings I've been reading inspiring gardening books like Square Metre Gardening and Fruit Trees in Small Spaces, which have helped me plan out how to make the most of our yard. Baby J and I have been out there with our measuring tapes, measuring up the spaces so I know how much wood we will need to build our raised beds. My amazingly generous brother-in-law is donating the wood to us, which is a huge help.
|The kids love having the trampoline next to the deck.|
Someone asked me the other day what style of garden I'm going for. "Edible," I told them. I want to grow as many fruits and vegetables as I can here.
I guess I'm inspired by the beautiful gardens I saw in Italy, where lemon trees grew next to rosemary bushes and olive trees, edged by natural rocks. The fruit trees were the statement pieces. That's the picture I have in my mind when I think about this space. We will see how it turns out.