About midstream in this project, I became worried about increasing my storm water run off. Reviewing rain garden principles, I incorporated a few elements into my garden design. 1) Increased water retention capabilities in my front yard by adding depth with tilled-in compost. 2) I planted native plants along the outside perimeter to catch and filter this water. 3) I will also be adding a swale at the top of the garden later in the year (Requires more digging). After the fall harvest, I will plant legume cover crop in the non-raised bed portion of the garden to slow down storm water. Cover crops get tilled into the soil in the spring, improving soil quality. I hope to attempt some overwinter crops under the tunnel.
I replanted my favorite herbs along the steps. Less lavender and more edibles, like thyme. Now about some flowers….