BYTT Garden Builds
Back Yard to Table offers demonstrations of time-saving techniques used by the pros.
We’ll show you how to make gardening less labor-intensive and adapt it to even the most challenging sites and conditions.
Here are photos of previous demonstrations:
STRAW BALE GARDENING
This is a great method for conditions with poor—or even no!— soil. The vegetables grow at a raised height making them accessible to gardeners with less mobility or those working from a wheelchair. Added plus: No digging or weeding! In this demonstration, we’ll show you how to condition your bales, and give all the needed basics about materials and irrigation whether you’re starting with seeds or plants.
Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of time and help to get started with your garden. We’d like to help you in your efforts. Let us know some of your needs and we’ll see what we can do to help you build a garden where you live.
If you have little space for a garden, perhaps you have room on a balcony or windowsill where the sun shines. Container gardening is an easy way to grow some nutritious produce and, if you’re on the move you can take it with you! We’ll show you just what you need to get started.
HOW TO BUILD A RAISED BED
Raised beds are a great way to go if you don’t like bending over to weed or harvest, and are also the ticket for sites with poor or no soil. The beds can be sized to fit the space available. We’ll show you how simple it is to construct these with basic lumber and non-toxic finishes. Then we’ll review how to calculate the amount of soil and compost you need to fill them.
Who needs a lawn? Lasagna gardening is a simple method of establishing a new garden even over a bed of weeds. By laying a foundation of a sun-blocking material like corrugated cardboard where you want your garden to be any growth below will die off—no need to dig or till. Layers of compost and soil are placed above and possibly below this barrier and your seeds or plants can go into the mixture right away. Eventually the cardboard decomposes and, combined with the smothered grass or weeds below, forms a rich organic amendment to your soil. How easy is that?