Re: [gardeners] Opinions please

lneuru (
Sun, 26 Aug 2001 11:40:03 -0400

I am sure the plants in the bed will be the focal point.  Do what you have
time to do and don't worry about it.  You can always change it later.

> From: Terry King <>
> To: Gardens & Gardening <GARDENS@LSV.UKY.EDU>; Gardeners
> Subject: [gardeners] Opinions please
> Date: Sunday, August 26, 2001 10:54 AM
> When building a new bed do you prefer symmetrical geometric shapes or
> freestyle or do you do a mix of both?
> I ask because earlier this year I tried a new technique to build a bed. 
> called Lasagna gardening (yes a Rodale Press book which I am regretting
to a
> certain extent every time I go to the mail box).  Basically it is
building a
> bed by sheet composting and planting immediately.  So far it seems to be
> working fairly well with a few caveats.  One being that the book advised
> laying thick layers of newspaper or cardboard on top of unbroken sod. 
> does work well unless you have quackgrass, thistles, dandelions or any
> impossible to deter perennial weeds growing where you want the new bed.
> Anyway, I built a bed around the base of a Larch tree that grows in my
> The dogs were always digging dust hovels there and the grass didn't grow
> well because the trees sucks up so much moisture.  I slapped the bed
> together in spare moments when I wasn't going to school.  I'm afraid I
> wasn't as careful to shape as I should have been and the circle around
> tree isn't a completely round circle.  Its approximately 50' in
> circumference and more of a rounded heart shape, without the extreme dip
> top of a heart shape has, than circular.  I am currently putting in a mow
> strip of 8x16 red patio blocks and white sand to match the mow strips on
> other beds.  My other beds are more regular geometric shapes, mostly
> straight sides and rounded corners.
> Since the bed is raised, I will finish it off by laying our native rock
> mix if river rock and field stones) up the sloped edges of the bed inside
> the mow strip.
> I can't decide if should leave the new bed the irregular shape or to do
> work to round it out?  I don't think it looks too bad the way it is but
> wondering what other people's perceptions are about an irregular bed in a
> garden when the other beds are more regular geometrically?  My yard is
> formal by any means, it's more rustic with enough geometry to look
> and tidy, or at least I hope so. :-D
> Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Terry
> E. WA.