BACKYARD GARDEN DESIGNS 
HIGH YIELD, LESS WORK, LESS SPACE 

KEYHOLE GARDEN

This is the most productive garden design I have ever used! 


This backyard garden design was conceived in Africa where soil is often poor and rainfall is scarce. It has since been used in drought stricken areas in the US such as southwestern Texas. Now it is becoming popular in all planting zones. With a compost system build right into the garden, it can survive on your food scraps and waste water. Learn more.



RAISED BOX BEDS

No till gardening

Raised bed gardens are above ground boxes with no bottoms. They can be built of any material, filled with soil and planted. They are any length, but only wide enough to make the plants within reach for easy care.  Learn more.





WOOD PALLET GARDEN

Fun to build and a conversation piece in your neighborhood.



Built of wood pallets that can be attained for free or for a small price, it will nevertheless provide you with plenty of fresh vegetables. It can be in the form of a fence or barrier or it can be a raised bed. Learn more.



 EASY POTTING SOIL GARDEN

Pressed for time? This is the wash-and-wear of gardening.

Building raised beds can be time consuming and labor intensive. The potting soil bag method will get you growing the first year and the beds can be made permanent when the season is over.  Learn more.








CONTAINER GARDEN

No yard to plant in? Containers are for you!

We are used to seeing flowers and ornamental plants growing in containers. But you can also have an intensive vegetable garden with artfully arranged containers. Watering and weeding can be done in your spare time. Learn more.



STRAW BALE GARDENS

Want to try something new? Try this!

Straw bale gardens are temporary. That is, the bales are good for only one year. I prefer the other types of gardens listed above, but if you want to try something unique, here are the particulars.



Now is the time to plan your backyard garden.

No matter what season of the year it is, it is time to start planning your garden.

  •  Decide which garden design you will use.
  •  Make a garden plan.
  •  Order your seeds and decide which plants you will buy from the nursery.
  • When the weather is decent enough, start preparing your backyard garden beds. 
  • Three weeks before the last frost in your area, start planting. 

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