Designing A Restaurant Patio

Asked April 12, 2018, 9:41 PM EDT

Hello, I have been given the opportunity to spearhead the gardening effort for a local restaurant here in Bend this summer. I consider myself a beginner gardener. I have had four substantial gardens, in as many years, and have mainly focused on growing vegetables. I am looking for resources to help me decide what kind of plants would do well in the partial sun patio? What kinds of plants are suited to the high desert? Are there certain plants, like lavender, that attract bees more than others? What steps can I take to protect the plants from deer? Would it be beneficial to get the soil tested? Questions like these. Do you have any suggestions where I could find resources to answer these questions? Thank you so much for your time, Quinn

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1 Response

Thanks for your question. What a fun, exciting assignment!

Please contact your OSU Extension office for Deschutes County for information specific to your area. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/

Here is a link to Apr-May newsletter from OSU Deschutes which may be helpful
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/sites/default/files/apr_may10free.pdf

It is always a good idea to have a soil test before starting a project, especially in a spot you have not gardened before. Here is a link to a list of Central Oregon options. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/sites/default/files/Horticulture/documents/SoilSampleInfo...

When trying to attract pollinators it's helpful to include as many native plants as you can as they will be well adapted to the area and will attract native pollinators and beneficial insects. Keep in mind, though, that if this garden will be in an area where diners are present they might not want to be surrounded by flying insects. If there is room on the site perhaps they could be planted further away from the dining area. If this is not an issue the food crops and flowers will benefit from having the pollinators and the beneficial insects close at hand.

Deer protection is best done by a high fence surrounding the entire garden. That may not be practical for your site. Again your extension office may have advice for your area. The link below is to an OSU publication "Deer Resistant Plants for Central Oregon. Deer resistant, not deer proof!
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/sites/default/files/deer_resistant_plants_ec.pdf

I hope you find this information helpful. Good luck with your project.