Sometimes it’s a picture of an inspiring garden that sets the stage for a clear idea of how to makeover a space with a lot of potential. In this case, Betsy found her inspiration from a beautiful “Farmer’s Market” style garden featured in Sunset Magazine.


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The vision:

betsy's raised bed garden vision




I rebuilt the rock wall, and put in the steps up to the raised beds.


Steve Bach built the raised beds, and Derek Vaughn with Mountain Oasis installed the drip irrigation system. I filled the raised beds with “Mel’s Mix” =vermiculite, compost and peat moss. Mel Bartholomew, who started the square foot gardening movement, created his own mix. Here is a link to the mix:


Betsy's garden

With a clear plan, Steve’s carpentry skills and Betsy’s green thumb, the transformation is complete.