Seed starting went better than it ever has - but I still killed pretty much everything by the frost date. I have a few lettuce heads and some thyme left. Luckily, I live right down the street from a grow store called Northern Lights. They specialize mostly in hydoponics but this summer they filled the parking lots with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. I spent about $40 on two flats of plants and divided them out into my new beds.
|Thyme, strawberries, mints, and basil|
|Carrots, Cukes, Beans, Peas, Lettuces, Peppers, etc.|
|Garden - finally in!|
|Garden layout (don't mind the crossed boxes). Also, I inverted the right side beds so they are symmetrical with the left.|
I'm planting several varieties of sunflowers, Beefsteak & Sungold tomatoes, Serrano peppers, sweet & thai basils, and successive plantings of carrots. I also have pole beans, red cabbage, 3 types of lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, and romaine), and 3 types of thyme (French, English, and lemon). I'm capping the beds with Zinnias and Marigolds because they attract pollinators but keep predators away. I used my little knowledge of companion planting to create some kind of a plan for placement. For example - basil & tomatoes work well together. Having collards & cabbage, which are cool weather/shade loving plants, next to climbing plants like cucumbers & beans will help keep the former from bolting.
I look forward to sharing more pictures as they take off - and can't wait for the first taste.