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’
Rebuild organic perennial garden bed
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.