Exciting - time to design!
Hi all -
I've been cogitating on this for a while, and I'm finally ready to set down a design and begin working!
The good news - I've decided to loosen up the purse strings and spend a little money! Yay!!!!
The bad news - I don't know where to begin! And I'd like to hear your thoughts! I need to determine 3 points and then I can start putting together plans....and I'll find a way to post some plans for review - anyone know how to put an excel sheet into a message?
The space is going to be 22/3x18/20 feet. There is a 2-3' sidewalk down the yard, and I'll build out 10 feet on either side of it with the existing sidewalk down the center. I'm going to frame it in a 3' high lattice cedar fence, thinking large lattice, like 6-8 inches. Framing it out but letting in a lot of light and giving a bit of support for peas and such.
I can make some adjustments with the sizing, but the sidewalk is exactly 10' from the property line fencing, and I wanted to have the fencing start flush with the garage (garage is to the south of the house, at the end of the lot) and there is a large row of very old lilacs at the end of the property that I'm going to trim hard back as they have creeped out with there young shoots about 10 feet inwards.
Would it be best to square the space, 22x22 or 23x23, or no biggie? (point 1!)
I initially planned on putting a 2' perimeter bed around the entire fence (maybe little gates at the sidewalk), 2' paths, and 4 beds in a square which would be 4 6x4' beds.
But the portagers I really love have a little irregularity in the shape, like a diamond center bed, and then the 4 surrounding beds cut off in the center corners to match up to the diamond center....or circular ones. Traditional - but with a little jazzing up.
but I've got this sidewalk already there, so not sure how jazzy I can get. Any ideas? (point 2)
also - material for the beds - I really love stone, and wouldn't mind having some poured concrete beds for a stonish, but cheap alternative. But I really worry about if I have to sell the house for any reason how that would affect, it's be a nightmare is you wanted to take it out.
I'll likely just do 2x12 boards cut to length. For cost, and easy removal if necessary. Would certainly like to hear you experiences with different materials. (point 3).