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Year-round garden bulges with flowers, fruits, shrubs ... even some lurking carrots.

Year-round garden bulges with flowers, fruits, shrubs . . . even some lurking carrots

Weeds don't stand much chance in this sloping garden. Owners Corky and Steve Lindjord have all the plantings so tightly packed, there's just no place for weeds to grow.

Eleven years ago, this lushly maturing back garden was a bare lot--40 feet deep and 75 feet wide--that dropped off 10 feet from the house to the east (rear) lot line. Now, the slope around upper and lower walkways and decks is covered with shrubs (pampas grass, rhododendrons, lilacs, mugho pines), perennials, trees (Japanese, Austrian, and shore pines; plum, apple, and pear; and dogwoods, sumacs, and vine maples), plus cane berries, blueberries, and strawberries. They're all permanent residents that give the garden a well-planted look year-round.

But in spring, even the crannies between these plants get filled. The Lindjords grow carrots, squash, pumpkins, and annual flowers (such as pansies, salvia, and calendulas) in the tiny bare patches between permanent plants. The only problem is finding the vegetables to harvest, since they aren't grown in clearly outlined conventional beds.

When you enter, your first impression is that this garden is strictly ornamental, since the permanent plants dominate. But as you walk through, you realize that you're never more than a step or two away from something to eat.

Originally, there were no doors leading from the east-facing side of the house to the garden. What the lot had going for it was a fine view and full morning sun. To take advantage of these assets, the Lindjords installed double glass doors that create the effect of French doors.

The glass doors open onto a new two-level deck that extends toward wide walkways surfaced with paver brick; the walkways lead, by leisurely curves, through the garden. Equipped with outdoor illumination, the deck near the house gives the Lindjords a flat-surfaced area without terracing; they use it for morning coffee and for entertaining on warm evenings. From there the walk winds down the hillside to a second, lower deck.

Before permanent plants were put into the ground, the existing soil was well amended with dairy manure, wood chips, and topsoil.

To keep plants healthy in such tight quarters, Mr. Lindjord feeds everything four times each season with a 5-10-10 fertilizer. Watering is done by means of an underground irrigation system, and the plants are groomed constantly.

Winter cure consists mostly of pruning to maintain plants within their limits and to guarantee room for the next season's annual vegetables and flowers.

Photo: In winter, with annual vegetables and flowers gone, structural elements maintain a landscaped look

Photo: In summer, corn and strawberries fill in spaces near walk (left); this is same view as in top picture. Young fir and fruit trees screen house behind. Farther up walk, Gloriosa daisies and other flowers cram spaces around rhododendron; squash edges far side of steps

Photo: Like terracing, decks lead down from east-facing house to rear garden, with space for seating on way

Photo: Even tiny spaces between flowers turn up unexpected corps like this carrot (left). Along path and on deck (above), big containers planted with evergreens and annuals bring garden still closer

Photo: Violas (he's shaking one from a 2-inch pot) are ready to plant in the small space between steps and rhododendron
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