Planning and Adding Useful Garden Infrastructure

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Discuss Planning and Adding Useful Garden Infrastructure.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 159 – October 12, 2022

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Modern Homesteading: Planning Garden Infrastructure for Efficiency and Beauty

On this podcast, we dive into the world of efficient and aesthetically pleasing garden infrastructure, we’ll explore various elements that can enhance both the functionality and visual appeal of your homestead’s garden.

Paths and Borders

Creating Defined Pathways: One of the first steps in designing a garden is laying down paths. Defined pathways not only improve accessibility but also prevent soil compaction. Whether you opt for gravel, mulch, or pavers, paths provide a clear separation between the garden and walking areas, aiding in weed control and overall garden organization.

Incorporating Borders: Borders bring a sense of structure and can be made from various materials like rocks, bricks, or wood. Besides being decorative, they play a practical role in weed management and defining garden sections.

Vertical Gardening with Trellises

Maximizing Space: In smaller gardens, vertical gardening is a game-changer. Using trellises, you can grow plants upwards, effectively using the available space. From wooden trellises for beans and cucumbers to metal conduits for more permanent structures, the options are diverse.

Water Management

Irrigation Systems: Planning your garden’s irrigation system is crucial. Whether it’s simple drip lines or more elaborate setups, ensuring your plants receive the right amount of water without much hassle is key.

Rain Barrels and Ponds: Collecting rainwater can significantly reduce your water usage. Rain barrels or even small decorative ponds not only serve as water sources but also create microclimates and habitats for beneficial wildlife.

Inviting Beneficial Wildlife

Building Homes for Pollinators and Predators: Installing structures like Mason bee houses, bird baths, or even bat and owl houses can attract beneficial wildlife. These creatures play a crucial role in pest control and pollination.

Creating a Pollinator Garden: A dedicated section with plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds not only supports local ecosystems but also ensures better pollination for your crops.


Planning your garden infrastructure is not just about practicality; it’s about creating a space that’s both productive and pleasing to the eye. By integrating thoughtful paths, trellises, water management systems, and wildlife-friendly elements, you can transform your garden into a thriving and beautiful oasis. Happy homesteading, and remember to grow where you’re planted!



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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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    An aspiring permaculturist and urban homesteader who loves to teach and inspire others to grow where they are planted.

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