I caused a lot of trouble a few weeks ago by saying that I generally find raised beds in vegetable gardens ugly. But we spent the July 4th weekend with some friends in Bovina, New York and stayed at the Mountain Brook Inn, where I saw owner Gary Simmons’ raised beds, which I thought were wonderful.
Of course, maybe that’s the funky Catskills motel spirit of the place talking, or the mountain stream that flows by the guest rooms, or the easy attitude towards children and dirty dogs. Or the fantastic sheets and nice toiletries. Or the ridiculously delicious homemade muffins, good coffee, and melon balls left outside our door every morning. Whatever. I love staying at this place, the best combination of high and low, ergo I love Gary’s beds.
Now, that’s a raised bed! It’s tall enough so that you have to climb into it, like an above-ground swimming pool. Indeed, four of these monsters sit on the site of what was a swimming pool.
The raised beds are a concession to the rocky mountainous soil–and the fill used to obliterate the pool. Why are they so big? "Scale," says Gary. "I wanted them to suit the scale of the property."
This is the view from the motel balcony. I think they look great in this shaggy county landscape.