A New Layout for the Garden

When we installed the greenhouse the garden area diminished in size.

The greenhouse displaced 4 squares.

The greenhouse, though, was a nice addition to the yard.

The firepit replaced 4 more squares.

Then we built a fire pit which eliminated even more of the planting beds Charlie has been using to plant vegetables.

The raised beds need to be rebuilt.

I promised him I would help him design the altered space which would include new beds and a surrounding fence to keep critters out.

We need a substantial fence to ward off deer, rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels, etc.

I’d like to use the raised-bed garden at Growing a Greener World as inspiration.

In the past deer have helped themselves to the garden.

The next steps are:

  • Move iron front fence and gate closer to the driveway,
  • Create 6 elongated raised beds,
  • Surround the entire area with a protective fence.

    Something simple like this would be sufficient to deter small animals.

How do you protect your garden?

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.

2 thoughts on “A New Layout for the Garden”

  1. Deer can jump pretty high. I’m sure you’ll do lots of research, though – you always do. It will be fun to see the new design. I don’t grow vegetables so no protection needed.

    1. The guy at Grow a Greener World suggests that the raised beds inside a 4-ft height fence keeps deer out because the arrangement is confused-looking and they are afraid of jumping into a trap. I’m convinced that rabbits and groundhogs destroy more of our garden than deer. Jo

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