Last weekend after finishing the compass bed we started work on two additional garden spaces that will be a mixture of perennials and annuals. The the two beds are 12 ft diameter half circles along our west facing fence.
Just as with the compass bed, we started by breaking up the sod with a shovel then using a rototiller to finely break everything up.
The two beds are designed the same and are made with reclaimed granite cobblestones. These stones came from Lake St. in Minneapolis. The line of stones that separates the bed into two defines the raspberry patch in back and the vegetable/herb section in front. The raspberry section is two feet wide by twelve feet long. We'll add posts on either side of the bed near the fence to run wires across that will support the raspberry canes. This will keep them vertical and within the 2x12 space effectively creating a raspberry hedge. The area in front of the raspberries will be planted with lower growing vegetables and herbs.
This photo shows the two beds well. Where the table is sitting between the two beds will ultimately be a brick oven fireplace. In front of the fireplace we also add a 16 ft diameter circular patio. Thats a project on the 5 year plan and won't happen this year.
The two half circle beds add 24 row feet of raspberries and another 60 square feet of annual vegetable space. That brings our total backyard annual vegetable space to around 425 square feet spread out in 5 different beds. Not bad for a city lot!