A major consideration when planning our garden layouts is critter pressure. While they can be a nuisance in ornamental landscapes, critters can be an even bigger challenge in the vegetable garden if they’re eating all of your perfect tomatoes. In some cases, permanent enclosures are required for a successful crop. However, large structures in the landscape can hold a lot of weight in an otherwise soft, green garden. Here, we balanced a small but efficient walk-in enclosure with a few open-air raised beds for less vulnerable crops like squash and sunflowers (summer), and root crops and alliums (winter).
For the planting and trees, there were 12 existing fruit trees on-site with varying levels of health and fruiting success. We reconfigured the irrigation to properly hydrozone the trees and opened up adjacent garden space for them to be maintained. Flowering perennial herbs fill in surrounding pathways.