home & garden
Gig Harbor, Washington
IN 2004, MY husband and I were inspired to
create a vegetable and fruit garden that would be
elegant and refined, as well as productive. We
designed and built an English-inspired parterre
garden with an herb knot garden in the center,
which we enclosed with lattice fencing.
Our goal was to grow the greatest variety
and quantity of edible plants possible on our
garden’s small footprint. Every available horizontal and vertical surface is utilized for growing
plants. Espaliered apples grow over the entrance
archway and across the back fence, and kiwi,
berries, squash, tomatoes, beans and cucumbers
scramble up fencing and free-standing trellises.
The four enclosed structures protect our
plants from intrusion by animals and insects.
The screening allows water and air to penetrate,
and the side panels can be raised for access to
the plants. The pathways throughout the garden
are composed of bricks reclaimed from historic
buildings in Seattle and Tacoma. C
Union City, California
DUE TO THE severe drought in California, I built self-watering containers using clear storage containers from
Costco. Now the precious drip-irrigated water that once
leached into the ground is saved into the container’s bottom reservoir and wicked back up when the soil gets dry.
Pictured are intensely planted basil, shishito peppers,
red beans, cilantro and water chestnuts. The background
is UV-coated polyethylene film draped over a discarded
metal carport frame, creating an instant up-cycled greenhouse, and the ability to grow year-round.
Growing vertically lets me grow more with less space.
I strung galvanized wire from an apricot tree to the
greenhouse. Then my heirloom tomatoes were single-stem trellised on kite string and coat hangers. In return
for sacrificing the lawn, I harvested baskets of edible sunflower, asparagus, eggplants and tomatoes. C