This past Sunday I planted up all the veggie beds! I learned a lot from last year's garden. The main thing I learned was that we could not get enough of certain crops. So, instead of planting a lot of different things, we decided to plant more of our favorites. Also, I am still using the companion planting system - primarily with marigolds, onions and nastursiums. I had to go to 4 different stores to find all the varieties. While at Lowe's, I found a Fireworks Clematis (Clematis Fuegos Artficiales) for $5 that I could not pass up, it looks to be purple and red striped and I planted it by some knockouts in the front window seat bed. I also picked up 2 annual potato vines. One went in the back sun bed in progress to act as a ground cover and the other one went in a container by the front steps.
So, I planted 10 tomatoes:
Sweet 100 (2 plants)
Husky Cherry Red
Ic hiban (3 plants)
Basil Sweet Bush (2)
Basil Siam Queen
Basil Sal's Italian Choice
Basil Osmin Purple
And, one token Mammoth Giant Jalepeno ( I love to make stuffed jalepenos)
I spread this all out between 3 beds and in the center of each bed I planted Mammoth Sunflowers and then planted a variety of items to grow up the sun flowers: sugar snap peas, Yard Long Asparagus Beans, Burpee's Tenderpod Garden Bean, Peas, Sequoia Purple Bean and Golden Wax Bean. I also sprinkled around marigold (crackerjack) and nastursium seeds (alaska mix).
In one bed I also started Emerald Green Artichokes. I interplanted them with Oriental Poppies and Lady Bird Poppies. Since these are perennial/self seeding items, this bed will be a permanent planting.
In my asparagus and strawberry bed, I stuck in someStuttgarter Onion Bulbs.
One of the three beds that got the tomatoes still have kale, lettuce and parsley that we have been enjoying since spring. I think they will die back as the tomatoes are ready to take over.
It was a fun day in the garden for all the ladies!
Apr 28, 2009 | 7:02 PM PST
First of all, for those of you who did not see these veggie beds in all their glory last year, just wait! These are the beds we all drool over, they are an art form-truly. Your girls are getting big, they are adorab;e as ever-you dress them sooooo cute! Makes me miss my little ones (18 & 25). Thanks for the photo tour~Andrea
Apr 28, 2009 | 8:23 PM PST
You have it all going on. I remember last years pictures. Looking at the pictures of your girls reminds me of years ago when we were starting out with our kids. Oldness has me now. Bill Mitchell
May 3, 2009 | 9:42 AM PST
HI, it was great to meet you at the Market the other day! Thanks for coming by...such cute girls you have! I love your raised beds, i am working on some in my yard too...i have to fence mine, too, because i have CATS and they think if i'm digging there, they can too! LOL! Take care and see you soon! debbie