Friday, 8 May 2009

Productive Gardens

Aesthetics & productive gardens don't need to be mutually exclusive. In these garden examples we have integrated vegetables, herbs & fruit trees within the garden, rather than the traditional thought of tucking this part of the garden "out the back".

Raised potager style vegetable gardens are a great way to keep vegetable gardens looking tidy & are very practical if they are kept to a width so that you can easily reach to the center of each plot. We often design these out of macrocarpa sleepers because it is not treated and waterproof the inside to preserve the wood.
Herbs & vegetables can also be scattered amongst your general garden in particular more attractive species such as Rosemary, Artichokes & Silver Beet.
Fruit trees, in particular stone fruit, grow great in our region. Pruning fruit trees properly can be difficult so a great alternative is to espalier them. Espaliered fruit trees allows the fruit to get maximum sunlight and pruning is as easy as removing any branches that aren't growing along the wire. Grapes also grow well in this area and can be trained over a pergola or between posts like vineyards. Just be wary of where you plant grape vines so that they are not in high use areas as they tend to attract wasps!

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