Category Archives: Season Extension

9 Features of High Yield Gardens (Part 1)

Cucumbers on metal trellis

The successful small space garden is a complete system designed for production and much more.

1. Make the garden multifunctional

Production can mean edible crops but also much more. Other activities that naturally coordinate with food production include, making compost, propagating plants, growing cutting flowers, creating an outdoor living/entertaining space. Read more

Designing for Winter Interest

Winter view of urban backyard with hardy perennials, trees and shrubs

My backyard, a place I see first thing in the morning, again when I come home from work, and each time I step outside. To me such a place ought to bring cheer, contentment and a sense of peace and order.

Chicago backyard in December with privacy and winter interest.

Chicago backyard in December with privacy and winter interest.

Thus one of my goals for the design was to maximize winter interest in order to have such a space. Read more

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