We’ve finally gotten enough rain to tell us where we shouldn’t put our garden… The problem being, we’ve already put our garden there…
The garden sits in the spot that receives the most uninterrupted sunlight. It just so happens it’s at the base of a hill where we’ve experienced a good deal of water run off. Part of the driveway has also been washed out so we have a couple options, in order of most desirable to least:
- Dig a swale and terrace out the hill area. The rise and run of the hill is not steep at all so it shouldn’t be difficult to dig about an 8″ deep swale and then terrace out the planting area. This would enable more natural use of rain water without flooding the area at the base of the hill. It would also do more to prevent topsoil erosion. It’s also the most cost effective option.This Beautiful terraced hillside garden would be nice to have in the long term. Short term, I’m thinking of a check log terrace like this one.
- Build raised beds. This is effective but less desirable in that we would have to buy lumber or railroad ties for the bed frames, and then fill the beds. If we bought fill dirt, we run the risk of weedy dirt. If we just used woodchip mulch, we’d have to wait for it to break down. Either way, we would be hard pressed to have it ready in time for planting and it would cost more in labor and materials than the terracing would.
- Move the garden area. This option is my least favorite because it means that not only has our effort thus far been fruitless, but that we basically start all over again from square one in planning and layout and then have to re-lay all the mulch which would have to sit and break down. This would take time that we wouldn’t really have if we wanted a garden this year. It’d also require the removal of several large trees to allow for sunlight to reach the garden plants. Eh… Not something I want to do in the next two months.
So my gut says build a terrace garden this year and see what happens… I’ll get to work on that plan and let you know how it goes.