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I know where I wanted our two initial ones, but dh wants me to put in all the raised beds I want as we have a source of free (screened) dirt this year that may not be available next year.<br><br>
So if I take photos in the next day or two (today it's pouring rain, blah) would you guys be able to help me out with suggestions? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I managed to sneak in some photos during that lovely hour of sunshine we had this morning. Now it's gloomy and thundering. I swear, we're still in winter here, no spring whatsoever.<br><br>
Anyway, here's the <a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/LannaM/GardenPlacement/" target="_blank">album with the photos</a>. Click on 'em for a bigger photo. I already have a big (weed-covered) garden that's about 15'x45', and the two raised beds in front of the Costco canopy/shed that are 4'x12'.<br><br>
* Additional raised beds would be the same size - 4'x12'.<br>
* The trees basically shadow the back half of the yard and the clothesline (which I'm *so* not ripping out).<br>
* The house casts a shadow about 3-5 feet beyond it in the back there - we have little moss patches.<br>
* I also have a septic tank just to the left of our concrete slab (aka patio) as you step out the sliding door, and the drain field goes straight back to the tree closest to the shed. I don't really forsee the drain field being a problem, but I'm also not going to put down a raised bed only to have to dismantle it when we need the tank pumped (but I can't put anything that close to the house because of the shade anyway).
 

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Two to three, I think many more than that and we wouldn't have much of a backyard left for the kids to run around in.<br>
What we plan to grow... anything, really. Trellised cucumbers. Lettuce. Rotating the strawberry patch. Peppers, onions, potatoes, artichokes (if those will even grow here, that's our "experiment" crop), tomatillos, watermelons, flowers, whatever.<br><br>
I think the only things I plan to keep in the large garden on a yearly basis are raspberries (I'm not moving them another time, I hope), tomatoes since they don't like moving, pole beans, peas. But really, those aren't even set in stone. I'm a little schitzo in this regard, I figure I'll find a place for everything I need to plant when the time comes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Okay, so all veggies, no flowers.<br><br>
I would put one next to the others, on the side next to the house. Then I would do 2 more in front of the others. I would consider turning those to be perpendicular too. I like the idea of having everything in one place, easier to water and leaves more space for kids to run around.<br><br>
Code : I = bed you already have M = new beds<br><br>
M _ I _ I<br><br>
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Even though the second perpendicular bed would be over the septic's drain field?<br><br>
And I'm a little worried (I have no idea whether this is rational or not) that with all the beds going to the middle of the yard it'll make the backyard look way smaller than it is. Gah, I wish I were more decisive.
 

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Oops. Nix that, forgot about the septic. Do not cover. Repeat, do not cover. It is like jinxing yourself.<br><br>
I can't tell what is behind the beds? I see the little rose trellis thing...how much room do you have back there?
 

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Ummm.... I believe you're thinking of the big 15x45 garden. That has a little clear umbrella type thing and lots of weeds and the white ?trellis? or whatever you want to call it? It's been too rainy to even get out there and attack the weeds with a shovel. We've already reclaimed that as garden area, despite the weeds. It basically (well, there's a 3-4 foot drop from the edge of the garden to the fence) goes all the way back to the fence that separates our property from our neighbors.<br><br>
Yeah, even though it's just the drain field, I still don't think I'd be fully comfortable putting food crops on top of it.<br><br>
I wish I could put something more in the front yard, but then we have the apple trees, where dh parks the truck, where dh needs space to drive truck closer to stack wood, a clear area to chop said wood, and we have a main water line running underneath our front lawn (which they have to dig up every few years apparently). Why on earth is the option of growing more stuff so darned difficult?
 
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