Fences: these were usually picket fences because they were the most effective at keeping small ‘pests’ like rodents and pets away from crops. If your productive Shaker-inspired garden is one part of a larger space, a picket fence might be a good idea, although it’s probably not needed in a small garden already bordered by tall fences or walls.
Paths: an essential to the orderliness of a Shaker garden. They usually used stone or wooden boards to create theirs because these were the materials most available to them, but you might find brick to be less expensive than stone. Gravel is perhaps not the best option as it can become untidy and weeds grow easily in it. Grass paths, kept neatly mown and edged, were also often part of a Shaker garden, although only in areas that weren’t frequently used in winter (such as herb gardens).
Raised beds: these were favoured by the Shakers because they helped improve drainage and, of course, make it much easier to organise plants and keep path edges tidy. Planks, sleepers or woven willow hurdles are all good options.
Plant supports: needless to say, not something a Shaker gardener would be without. They should be fit for purpose – strong enough to hold up the plant you’ll be growing on them – but don’t forget beauty too. Choose hazel poles for rampant climbers, twiggy branches for self-scrambling peas (and to deter any pigeon wary of a twig in the eye), and more permanent structures made from wooden posts and wires for training fruit trees or very heavy crops like pumpkins.