Tucked into a corner of this beautiful garden I toured last summer in Chatham, MA, is a vegetable garden surrounded by a fence. It's more or less in your face, and it fits the usual pattern. I must admit that when clients request an area for a vegetable garden, I usually cringe inside, particularly when there's not enough room to hide it with a hedge, a solid fence, or some other garden feature.
Now, there may be a new solution. Teich Garden Systems LLC of South Salem, NY, is manufacturing pre-fab and custom enclosed garden systems, many of which are artfully disguised with arbors, fences and even pergolas that can make an unsightly area into an attractive garden feature.
Teich gardens have raised beds and fencing to keep out deer, rabbits, woodchucks and other creatures who can eat you out of house & home. They come with irrigation systems as well. It seems that if you surround one of these systems with flowering shrubs, and/or train some attractive vines up the fencing, you'd hardly know there were vegetables growing there at all. Instead of trying to do all of this yourself, having Teich do it for you might make a lot of sense. The average cost for a 10 x 12 system is in the $4000 range. Teich will arrange installation anywhere in the country, and will work with you to get the design you want.
The company also specializes in vegetable garden systems for schools -- and they carry a line of organic garden products, as well as potting benches, sheds, trellising, arbors, and more.
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