About a month ago, I took my stash of Prismacolor pencils and two sketchpads outside. One sketchpad for Maya and one for me. With approximately one hour to sketch out our ideas (before Maya decided to move on to another activity…), we let go of our inhibitions and let the colored pencils take over.
Maya and I chose different methods of representation.
With my primal ideas of a kitchen garden finally etched onto the sketchpad, I put the pad down…for about a week. When I came back to the design, I knew there were components I loved and others that needed to be tweaked.
Our yard gently slopes toward the alley and I have always wanted a garden hip wall to wrap around the patio and separate the kitchen garden from the patio garden area. I love the idea of creating rooms in an outdoor space. However, it seems I have expensive taste when it comes to garden wall materials. I long for the English cottage garden with their stone walls.
And then there is the installation. I might as well face it…with only an hour to sketch with Maya, what will my time be with another little one roaming the garden next summer? Yes, building my own retaining wall and doing it well would require more patience and time than I can muster at this point in my child-filled life.
But my inability to implement a stone wall at this point in time only pushed my design into further mental revisions. The final outcome was to use the two raised beds and the start of the cold frame as a retaining wall.
This is phase one of the kitchen garden. In order for the separation of garden spaces to be significant in look and feel, I will need to incorporate another raised bed on the other side of the walk, bring in more soil to backfill behind the beds creating a 12″ differential in slope…which will be perfect for a single step entrance from the kitchen garden to the patio and lawn. Of course, this project is for the future…but much more manageable for a mother of almost two…and on the pocketbook!