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Amazing ideas for growing a vegetable garden in your backyard

After visiting a farm-to-table Airbnb in Washington, we were inspired to put together this article with amazing ideas for growing a vegetable garden in your backyard. The wonderful thing about vegetable and herb gardens is that they can be grown almost anywhere. You can place them in containers on your front porch, patio or balcony, or plant them in your backyard.

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They can be raised beds or wooden/plastic barrels, galvanized tanks or a fenced garden to keep out rabbits and deer. Planting seeds in the soil and watching your vegetables grow is exciting. They'll be fresher and tastier than buying at the grocery store, not to mention the money you'll save feeding your family.

1. This beautiful garden has cucumbers and zucchini in the front right and yellow squash and onions in the back right. The bed borders are made of treated wood, while the pavement is 3/8″ crushed granite with dimensional cut watermark buff flagstone. The pavers are 16″ x 24″ and about 2″ thick. Has a 4″ galvanized green roll top steel edger. An arbor has string lights for evening ambiance in the garden

2. Garden beds with stone walls are a great way to define your spaces, especially if you plant a variety of vegetable seeds.

3. This particular garden is a "potager garden", a traditional French-style garden with fruits, berries, herbs, cuttings and a vegetable garden. The size is approximately 90′ x 140′ to accommodate this diverse garden. The picture above shows the vegetable section of the garden. Radiant paths of bricks are 3-1/2′ wide with 6′ wide planting spaces. This provides the ability to access the garden from the sidewalk without entering the soil. The curb is constructed from reclaimed and over-run tumbled concrete retaining wall cap stones, with dimensions of 3-1/2″ x 16″ x 12″.

4. A kitchen garden in London features an outdoor pizza oven surrounded by lush landscaping. Blooming gardens are complimented by vegetables and herbs perfect for fresh ingredients on your pizza!

5. In the outdoor landscape of a home in Venice, California, car-ten planter boxes filled with vegetables line a bocce ball court. Dimensions are 3’x3′ x 16″ or 18″. These are custom made ($200-$400) by welding 1/4″ steel squares – open top and bottom.

6. This vegetable garden consists of three cedar-raised beds and is part of an overall drought-tolerant garden. These boxes are made from untreated cedar wood. Cedar is high in oil, so it is naturally rot and insect resistant. It does not tarnish and turns silvery gray after a couple of seasons. Redwood is also a good choice for edibles.

7. For those who live in an apartment or condo or are short on space, a container garden can be a fantastic solution. This balcony garden in Miami, Florida offers 6′ x 14′ of outdoor space. This allows enough room to house Meyer lemon and key lime trees, herbs, cacti, succulents and foliage decorations.

8. A barn garden in Maine has plant markers to organize it. The bed is bordered with pressure-treated pine using a combination of stacked 2×6, 2×8 and 2×10 boards. They should be at least 12-13″ deep.

9. Simple box containers provide a raised bed for your backyard vegetable garden. Each can be planted with different vegetables to trim. By not planting them in the ground, it helps you control the type of soil you use.


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