Upgrading the Look of the Potager

We have an abundance of wood chips.

Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.
Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.

Charlie uses them to neaten his already ordered garden.

Cardboard deters weeds.
Cardboard deters weeds.

First he lays down either corrugated cardboard or layers of newspaper.

Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.
Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.

Then he covers everything with a thick blanket of wood chips.

The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.
The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.

The beauty of this method is that it discourages weeds and eventually biodegrades.

The garden viewed from the master suite deck.
The garden viewed from the master suite deck.

Square-foot gardening is compact and productive.

Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.
Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.

And now the garden is also attractive.

Have you done a project with salvaged materials?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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