The Ultimate Kitchen Garden, Courtesy of a California Master by

Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · November 3, 2012

The Ultimate Kitchen Garden, Courtesy of a California Master

Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · November 3, 2012

The steps to creating a kitchen garden sound deceptively easy: build some raised beds, plant vegetables, harvest. Last week when we featured LA garden designer Art Luna's work, he revealed his secrets for creating thriving raised bed gardens:

Above: Most of the kitchen gardens Luna designs are built and maintained afterward by Pam Rownak of Culver City. Luna's beds are often 24 inches high (slightly taller than average), a feature that has several benefits. Plant roots can develop and spread out easily in soil that's a luxurious two feet deep, for one thing. The design is visually appealing and practical, as well, because it's a comfortable height for a garden who wants to sit on the edge of the bed while weeding. Photograph via Pam Rownak.

Above: Luna frequently designs beds that are detailed with copper edging. Copper tape repels slugs and creates a finished, tailored look. Photograph via Art Luna Garden.

Copper Slug Tape

Above: The tape "comes in different widths to accommodate the size wood you choose to build the raised beds," says Luna. If you use 6-inch-wide copper tale, it will give you a 2-inch lip on each side of a 2-inch top edge. A 13-foot-long roll of Copper Slug Tape (1.25 inches wide) is $9.95 from Gardeners Supply. For a wide selection of sizes, see Tape Jungle.

Above: uniformity in size, shape, and height creates a pleasing arrangement in a kitchen garden. Photograph via Pam Rownak.

Above: Luna often adds wine barrel planters to a kitchen garden design. Not only do they provide visual contrast, they're also "a nice alternative for anyone who doesn’t have the space," he says. Photograph via Art Luna Garden.

Wine Barrel Planter

Above: A repurposed oak Wine Barrel Planter is $149 from Viva Terra.

Above: Triangular trellises lend support to peas and other climbing plants. For trellis and garden support structures, see Design Sleuth: Willow Accessories for the Cottage Garden.

(N.B.: For more of Art Luna's designs, see "The Landscape Designer Is In: Creating and Maintaining a Thriving Kitchen Garden.")



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