My front side yard had really gotten to a point of disrepair last season and want to show you how to rebuild a perennial garden bed. I decided to rebuild the garden so it presents better, will be drought tolerant, and is easier to maintain. I’ve been using till-free planting techniques for years and below I have a little guide on the steps I used to plant this garden in a till-free fashion. Note I did not double-dig or raise the bed or do anything complicated. I dug the holes, added some amendments, and mulched well. It’s that simple.
Steps to Plant the Garden
- Dug holes for the perennial plants
- Added a thin layer of rotted manure and old leaves around the holes
- Planted the plants with a bit of organic fertilizer tossed in
- Layered cardboard down on the ground to act as a weed barrier in between plants
- Covered the cardboard with Organic Mechanics® Hardwood Bark Mulch
- Watered the garden in well
Plants Used in the Garden
Plants used in this garden bed require full sun, are mostly drought tolerant, and all the perennials are very easy to maintain.
- Allium Millennium
- Coreopsis Cosmic eye
- Phlox ‘Glamour Girl’
- Speedwell ‘Blue Skywalker’
- Veronica ‘White Wands’
Special thanks to Walters Gardens for providing the plants for this delightful How to Rebuild a Perennial Garden Bed experience and the Organic Mechanics Soil company for providing my organic worm-casting filled mulch I used over the top of the cardboard.