(This is a belated post — all this garden prep happened in the spring!)
I grew up in rural NC, so urban gardening is a new challenge. My mom has always had wildly successful vegetable and flower gardens, so here I’m hoping to emulate her green thumb, starting with lots of prep work.
We’re renting a place near the river in south Minneapolis, with a small yard that’s got a nice mix of sun and shade. The strip on the southern side of the house gets great sun and is very flat but well drained, and then there are some front and backyard beds that will host more shade-tolerant varieties. Here’s a schematic:
The big project was putting in the beds on the south side of the house. I sought out some used 2 x 6 cedar decking on Craigslist last fall and found some for free, and then in April I built the beds. Using a modified Lasagna Gardening technique, I didn’t have to pull up any grass!
Now we’ve got some rich beds to plant into. We’re going for a mix of annual and perennial wildflowers, along with vegetables and herbs. For the sake of time (field season is approaching fast), we utilized a “blended sowing” approach — basically, we just mixed all of our wildflower and herb seeds with some sand and spread them all over the beds! I think it’ll bring a more natural look to the garden, though it may come back to bite me when I can’t find my cilantro or basil because it’s hiding underneath a bunch of Prairie Coreopsis…
I won’t write down all that’s being planted — we’ll wait til we start to see some green so as not to jinx anything.