In order to give you an idea of how far the garden has come this year let me take you back to last year.
I really wish I had a picture of the “garden” when we moved in. It was half the size it is now and had a tree growing (well dying actually) in the middle. There were two ornamental grass bushes under the weeds. I’m not sure of their proper name, you can see them in the picture. We moved them to the back yard where they are growing nicely. There was also a varigated hosta that I thought I had killed but it came back nicely. I moved it to the side of the house.
The big green bush in the front right corner is potatos. Take a good look at it. On a whim, my husband planted some potatos that had sprouted in the pantry. They grew very quickly and had beautiful flowers when they bloomed. I dug down at least a foot to pull up all the potatoes when we put in the raised bed. Apparently I didn’t get the all out because I keep finding the potatoes trying to come up right under my strawberries!
The Garden Today
We inherited the wood to construct the long skinny bed (in the back) from some neighbors when they moved. It is roughly 2 ft by 8 ft. This bed contains my tomato (3 varieties), oregano, basil, garlic, summer squash, and zucchini. Each of the two front beds were made from wood we bought at the hardware store, they measure roughly 4 ft square. The right bed is home to flowers, strawberries, lettuce, and carrots. The left bed is home to basil, oregano, cucumbers, peas (snap and sugar), parsley, garlic, and a few flowers.
My “vine wall” is home to some ivy, morning glory, and hopefully some sweet pea.
I had planned to show close ups of all my plants but I have way too many pictures. I will try to post about the plants one at a time this week. Also shots of the back are to come soon!