Garden #1 - the Driveway Garden April 2011

Several years ago, Denise and her husband Ken, did the unexpected in our car-centred world - they got rid of their car, now using bike and bus for transport, and dug up part of their driveway to install raised beds for a vegetable garden.

Denise's Driveway

Two 4ft X 8 ft boxes. Closer box contains Fava beans planted seed in October, ready to eat in June.

The driveway has a southern exposure. Together with the reflected heat from the house, this is a great growing spot. Her driveway garden consists of three raised beds,two are 8 ft by 4ft by 1ft deep and one is 5ft by 3ft by 1ft, and two tubs. She also has a small unheated greenhouse for starting seeds.

Denise's Driveway

3ft X 5ft Box - Purple Sprouting Winter Broccoli, Shallots planted in September

These photos are taken in early April so the lushness of growth indicates a winter garden. Denise's boxes are full of winter vegetables, most planted from seed in September or October of 2010.

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These winter plantings definitely give me ideas for our garden this fall.

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