My yard (Zone 4/5): I have about a quarter of an acre, facing South on a hill with the NE corner being the lowest point. I mix edibles into the landscape as much as possible (I have had guests insist on going outside to look at the watermelon plants growing in the front flower beds before they will believe that the watermelon they are eating was grown here). I do have a fenced in garden area (with 8 beds, 4 feet by 8 feet) for the things that the rabbits just wont leave alone!

An informal stone raised bed design features individual boulders stacked and fitted to create a foundation for productive gardens. This mounded garden illustrates a type of raised bed known as hugelkultur (German for “hill culture”). Plants in hugelkultur raised beds reach mature size more quickly than in traditional planting beds and need very little watering.