This year’s garden layout is a jumble of different shapes and sizes.
I designed my large vegetable garden in 2009 in a well mannered grid, with all rows going east–west. Then in 2010 and 2011 things got a little more disorganized. The kale jumped its boundaries and began expanding in all directions. I created a zig-zag path that went through the garden. In 2012, I planted some vegetables in north–south rows and some in east–west rows. The kale continued to expand its boundaries. The cardoon started spreading. And a lone asparagus plant came up in the middle of everything.
Now, in 2013, I decided to be done with well mannered rows. I like a cacophony of shapes and sizes. I dropped raised beds at various places. I created triangular shaped beds with pieces of wood. I scattered little fences in a couple of places. I’m letting the volunteer asparagus, grape, and mulberry grow. Rows point east–west and north–south (I guess I can’t seem to get away from some order).
So I now present – the 2013 garden.