This once high-maintenance lawn now hosts three raised-beds made from re-purposed logs. The flat tops make a great place to sit and relax or tend the garden. The surrounding area has been sheet-mulched with discarded wood chips to control weeds, erosion and moisture. An overstory of Ceanothus and fig trees provide an attractive (and productive) backdrop, as well as attracts pollinating insects.
These beds are built from rot-resistant lumber. They take up less space than the log beds, and offer a little more formality.
Rain gutters lift strawberries out of the domain of slugs, snails, and most insects. Birds are also less comfortable landing on them. The ripe berries will dangle over the side for easy picking.