In front of one side of my house I have an ugly uncared for spot. It has a yucca which grew from just a wee plant and now is huge. The yucca and pot of mexican hats at end of this space make mowing difficult (large ride on mower) and it is never trimmed as well as it should be either. I'm going to put a garden here.
a) Should I make the edges contoured or straight? I want to make mowing easy (hubby does this and isn't detail orientated). I also have dogs so I may need to put up a small barrier to keep them out. On the other side of the house I have a long straight garden with a little 12" cedar rail fence to keep the critters out. All of my gardens have straight edges, are round edges harder to keep defined? What would you recommend for a barrier since I wouldn't be albe to use cedar rails to follow a round contour?
b)I'd also like to raise the bed a bit but am concerned about the hardyboard (or whatever the siding is called). You can see it goes down to pretty much dirt level now. Is there a barrier that one can put up between the garden and house so as not to damage the siding?
c) How wide should I make this space. Keep in mind that I'd like herbs so will want to be able to pick them. I'm thinking of a herb here...lots of mulch...a herb there so there is walking space between the plants. Would a width of about 3-4' be ample?
For planting, I plan on dividing the yucca (I'm hoping I can reduce it to about 1/2 it's current size) and then planting some herbs.