When we first moved into Kraemer House almost 10 years ago, we knew that we wanted a large garden. I had already started a list of things that I wanted:
- It had to be organized
- In full sun
- Enough room for a garden shed and eventually chickens
- Drip irrigation on a timer
- The hardscape would include the raised beds as well as bricks and stones from old paths on the property
- The softscape would include espaliered fruit trees
The only place on the property that made any sense to plant would have to be on a sloped area in the back. And because of the surrounding woods, we knew that it would have to be fenced in because of the deer.
So, before any major renovations began on the inside of the house, we drew out a plan, broke ground, and started a garden. How’s that for priorities? It would take years to finish and if you’ve been following along with us on the journey, you know that we’ll finally be finished with all the hardscape with the completion of the garden cottage and chicken coop.
Scroll through the photos below to see the space from the very beginning. From all the mangled overgrown mess to a well organized space that’s our garden.
If you’ve been thinking about starting a garden this year, there’s no time like now to just get out there and dig! There are so many options and my friends over at Fix.com put together some helpful information highlighting several options that will hopefully make your decisions easier. Whether you have a lot of space or are limited to a patio, just do it — there is nothing more rewarding than growing something yourself and enjoying the results!
Please let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help!
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