Patti Moreno’s Garden
Star of Farmer’s Almanac TV and her own website Garden Girl, Urban Sustainable Gardening, Patti Moreno shows us her 20 by 60-foot garden in Boston with its 15 raised beds. This Gen-X city girl makes it fun AND inspiring, with her encouraging tagline, “If I can do it, then you can too.”
I started my prototype Urban Sustainable Living Garden here in 2003. The garden is designed with 3 things in mind:
- Maximizing growing space
- Making it inviting
- Designing it to fit the urban landscape. The buildings you see here were put up as garages in the early 1917’s to house cars. That’s exactly what it was for around 70 years. By 2003 when we purchase the property, Luther had run the business since the 1960’s. So the recent renovation was the end of an era. The lengthy renovation of the center building now houses my multi media production company, FilmShack, Inc. and non profit, Tell Stories, Inc.
I thought this would be the perfect demonstration farm, as it is about the same size as the average “three decker’s” back yard at 20’x 50’. The garden has 12—4×8 raised beds and 3—4×4 raised beds. I’ve also included an arbor and seating are so that I can enjoy the garden with others. . I believe that all gardens need seating area’s designed into them, that way the garden truly becomes an inviting outdoor experience. The more time spent in the garden the better it is for you and the garden, you will find yourself spontaneously tending and nurturing it.