Bottom line, my garden wouldn't make for a pretty raised bed at the local library. Similarly, I wouldn't want to forage for dinner among the raised beds that look pretty in the public spaces around town.
Ha! Same! They actually do want me to plant vegetables. And as far as pretty goes, the way they explained is that they just don't want it to ever look abandoned. So I'm sure I can work with that.
Thanks for the advice. I have all sorts of things in my garden bed, but the ideas you gave me helped me put my limited space into perspective, so thanks for that! I have a tendency to just put things all over the place and just see what happens, and I don't get the impression I'll be able to do that here- haha!