Today the garden looks so great and you can really see the garden structure. It's not the same as being here but check it out...
This is the garden from the SE corner looking NW. The garden is totally lined with brick and some stone that Mark found on the property. It provides a good boundry on three full sides.
This is the south side of the garden which includes squash, beans, rhubarb and potatoes. Mark dug the trenchs along 3 sides of the garden, filled it with gravel and good top soil. I put the crops here that need room to ramble, some of the beans will climb the bean branches like the peas are doing. The potatoes are laying on the ground covered with 4-6" of hay - outside the garden - it is a technique from Ruth Stout who wrote the 1961 book "Gardening Without Work" and "How to Have a Green Thumb without An Aching Back". She is a hoot to read and I'm trying some of her techniques this summer. Already 3 potato plants are coming up through the hay. I'm quite excited since I just laid out the potatoes on the ground, covered with hay, and didn't have to do any digging. I originally watched an old video of Ruth Stout on YouTube that was so interesting but it has been removed due to copywrite issues. Anyway, I think she had it right about using mulch to lessen work. She was quite elderly in the video and I'm sure she is now deceased. She left a wonderful legacy.
The potatoes are in the area in the upper left side of the picture - they are growing under the hay! In the middle of the picture are the hills of squash. In rows under the bean branches are the beans. The branches are there for the beans to climb. On the far right edge of the south garden are herbs. The west side ground garden includes more beans, garlic, onions, asparagus and sweet potatoes.To the left is the fabulous lettuce we have been enjoying; and on the right is the kale. I will be freezing the kale this weekend. It will be great this winter in soup. I got most of my seeds from SeedSavers Exchange in Iowa.
This is looking south from the NE edge of the garden. I think you have the idea of the structure of the garden.