On a street where bikes pass all the time and neighbours chat - we built a series of raised beds on the front boulevard. Replacing weedy grass and depleted soil are rich garden beds awaiting planting: it’s late August and it’s time to plant winter crops such as broccoli, kale, and cabbages. And there’s still time this season to raise a quick harvest of lettuces and radishes.
The gravel paths between the beds allow for easy access to both the plants and the road, and we laid slate pavers into several of the beds to act as stepping stones from which to plant or harvest. We installed a drip hose system to make watering both easy and water efficient. We also top-dressed the existing flower beds with a fall mulch of well-composted manure, and added a small raised bed along the pathway between the houses (not shown).