Here's what they looked like just before the "incident." I'm hoping they'll bounce back, but we'll see. I have a bunch more going in the grow-room, but they're not the fastest growers.
|Just before the battle...|
|1st day outside...|
|My little helper.|
|(From left to right) Rosemary, Chocolate Mint, Dill, and Orange Mint.|
|(From left to right) Spearmint, Pineapple Sage, Cilantro, and the end is saved for Purple Basil.|
|Orange Mint - it has a very potent fragrance and tastes just as the name suggests.|
|Chocolate Mint - This one smells absolutely incredible (again, just as the name suggests). I haven't eaten it yet, but the scent is awesome. I'm going to use this in cupcakes, I think.|
|Pineapple Sage - smells sweet and, well... like pineapple.|
|(From left to right) Coleus, Lobelia, Foxglove and I think those were peppers. This has long since been rearranged.|
|Grow-room before the beds were ready. The large leaves in front are the pumpkin.|
|Hardening these guys off before planting them in the raised beds.|
My iris's looked so gorgeous, I had to take some pictures. Here is my Buddy Boy dwarf iris on the left, and my bearded iris's on the right.
|As you can see, I had to remove all the sod beneath the beds before I placed them. That was kind of a pain. The supports all sink into the ground. That should help keep them in place.|
|I under estimated the amount of soil, compost and peat moss so had to run back (last bed was only a quarter filled).|
|I used a mixture of 2 to 1 compost/top soil, and 2 large bags of peat moss evenly added to all 3 of the beds.|
|After the beds were filled, I tacked twine in approximately 12" intervals to create a square foot cells. I left some space between the soil and the very top of the beds for mulch.|
I added my strawberries and chives to the raised beds...
... hot peppers and cucumbers...
... banana peppers and pumpkins...
... and of course zucchini and squash (zucchini pictured).
|Directly after transplant - they were not happy with me.|
|Remember those tomatoes I put out in mid March? Well, these are them (Yellow Pear). Originally I had 5, but I gave one to my mother. They're huge!|
|Aunt Ruby's German Green|
And the common visitor who has taken it upon him or herself to feast on my lettuce. I have to plant something around there to keep them away. I was thinking marigolds?
My flower garden all looks pretty good. My Hydrangea have really impressed me.
|Some astilbe I planted earlier in Spring|
I probably could have partitioned this blog out, but you don't mind, do you? I will update with more on my tomatoes, and when I find out who wins the coleus war. Again, any comments, questions, suggestions, feedback, arguments, etc., are totally welcome and encouraged, so jump on board! What are YOU growing?