In permaculture, a bed shaped in a U with the opening to the south is called a keyhole bed. The purpose is efficient use of the soil as well as capturing the southern heat and light. This spot is where I put my greenhouse in winter months. I make flat cages out of wire fencing to go over my beds after I plant to protect them from digging animals. Sometimes I leave them there and let the plants grow up through them.
Mmmmm, these figs are so good. The pole butterbeans are using the tree for support.
This is what we are working on this weekend. I hope to be finished by this afternoon.