It’s early April here in Ontario, Canada (USDA zone 4) and far too early for our vegetable garden planting annuals and vegetables outdoors. It’s not too early to begin rebuilding and reimagining our backyard gardens though.
The two long beds to the left will be “in-ground” beds for growing (and possibly breeding hosta and hellebore). They are too shaded for vegetable gardening so I get them for a possible garden-retirement project.
The shorter (north-south) 2×4’s mark the location of our potential raised beds for our vegetable gardening.
While the longer beds will be one-board tall, the vegetable garden raised beds will (eventually) be waist height.
I’ve deliberately not planned to build them too tall this year because I want to experiment with the layout for walking about and sun-levels. If everything works out, I’ll build them waist-high (starting with the nearest) and fill with soil next year. I can get my tractor/bucket into the garden at the far end you can see, but the hidden end has a stone wall going in (and the tractor doesn’t climb very well.)
You can see the remnants of the tomato supports from last year on the far right. I left them in the garden and they were blown over by storms this past winter. As I build the raised beds, these will be incorporated into the structure for vertical gardening “adventures”.