Okay, I’ll admit that it looks nice with the sharp edge between the raised beds and the lawn. It’s soft on the knees when you sow or weed, but I’m beginning to realize that there are some rather annoying disadvantages by alternating between lawn and beds like this.
First, this is what always happens near the edges of the raised bed, when the grass has been allowed to grow for some days. Water meant for the soil spills over onto the lawn part and the grass at the edges thrives big time. So go fetch a grass trimmer or a pair of scissors, because the lawnmower won’t go that close to the edge.
If there’s no wood and raised bed you’re doomed. It takes a lot of energy to keep the grass out of the soil meant for vegetables:
And these bastards (slugs) are having a great time hiding in the moist grass waiting to attack your vegetables at night:
Then there’s the water issue; as much as half of the water lands on grass making it grow like crazy, extracting nutrients from the soil. So that’s why I’m planning on starting from scratch with a part of my lawn / vegetable garden and buying a truckload of concrete slabs to lay out like this:
Yellow = house, grey = concrete slabs, brown = vegetable soil, green = hedge.
Several advantages comes to mind:
- Easier to fight the killer slugs, and they don’t like dry concrete
- The lawnmower goes on eBay
- The grass trimmer goes on eBay
- Only vegetables are provided with water
- Much easier to walk on the paths in all kinds of weather
Each concrete slab will be 50 x 50 cm (20 x 20 inch), making each bed 1 m (3.3 feet) across and making it easy to reach the middle.
Now make sure you follow up on this because this is going to be hard work and I might get lazy 😉 But this would be so good for the food production.