Our Tiny Homestead
Buy Nothing Challenge
Our Wood Stove
Prepare for a Power Outage
Theresa's Gardening Goals
Eat Your Wild Yard
Gardening for Wildlife
Celtic Cross Garden
Bear's Shelf Chefing
Celebrate Seasonal Eatin
Samhain - Late Fall
Cook of Anarchy grilled cheese
Wood Stove Cooking
Heat wave solar cooking
Division of Labor
Yearly Harvest List
Building Our Pantry
Mid-Winter & Imbolc
Late Spring & Beltane
Late Fall & Samhain
Celtic Cross Garden with Herb Spiral
We designed this Celtic Cross Garden pattern for a vegetable garden in our 20’ wide side yard.
The center is an
The darker lined path is wide enough for a wheelbarrow (about 2.5’ wide). This is the only path through our side yard, so we chose to keep it wide.
The circular path around the herb spiral aids two way traffic.
The four planting quadrants (in green) have
in their centers and initially allowed for a 4 year crop rotation, although now we are planting more perennial edibles there.
Beginning the Celtic Cross Garden: Summer 2008
Bear removes the sidewalk with a jackhammer.
It took less than an hour to cut up the sidewalk.
Note the side yard began with all grass.
The “stones” from the sidewalk can be reused.
You need to scrape the mud off the bottom with a wire brush and a hose.
With the flat side up, the sidewalk pieces
can become stepping stones for paths.
Dig out the path and put down a gravel base. We added weed fabric.
Put sand under the “stones” until they are stable & flat.
Finished path, filled in between the stones with pea gravel:
Sheet mulching part of the yard to remove the lawn. See
adding the Herb Spiral & digging up the path around it
Digging sod from the center path:
Adding gravel to the path:
Concrete pieces from the sidewalk demolition,
with rough side up, become garden bed edging:
Adding fines to path (under the rake). Fines are smaller rocks that create a smoother path on which some people (Theresa but not Bear) can walk barefoot.
Initial Planting 2009. Keyhole paths are made of pea gravel.
Initial planting 2009. Note seedlings planted directly in
Later the first Summer, 2009:
First Summer, from opposite direction:
Herb spiral, 2013
Adding pavers to the keyhole paths, 2013
Early Spring, 2013
The long view of our side yard, 2013
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