This is a crude drawing of an idea I had for my backyard veggie garden:
The green rectangles would be raised beds for veggies, just like the ones I built here. 16" tall, nicely finished.
The blue circle in the middle would be bird bath/ fountain.
The sort of arc/ semi- circles on the outside, shown in pink and blue, would be beds for flowers and herbs, all stuff to attract beneficial insects. They would be flat on the ground, or just slightly raised. So there would be height differences, to make up for the lot being so flat. Another kind of visual interest.
All the rest, the grey area inside the outer circle, would be mulched, so we wouldn't have to worry about mowing any of it.
My idea would be to strip all the sod off the whole circle. Build the raised beds, lay cardboard down on the bottom, fill them with all the stripped off sod, put more cardboard on top and then top soil on top of all that. Then cardboard down everything else and put mulch on top. If I do all that this fall, it should all be a lot broken down by spring and I can just add more soil, compost, etc to fill in the beds where it settled. We will have tons of cardboard available, since we will be moving all our possessions in cardboard boxes.
It's a 21 foot in diameter circle and the raised beds are 4x8' and they are to scale in the drawing (at least approximately ) There would just be a little edging for the outer circle, just to contain the mulch.
what do people think??