My husband built some raised garden beds for me so I decided to plant some fruits, herbs and veggies.
Two-level design construction.
The bottom level along the brick wall is the berry patch, the bottom level along the fence is the herbs (I could have filled the whole thing with those), and the top level is "veggies" (quotations because I consider tomatoes and peppers vegetables). Everything is labeled with copper plant tags that I found at Target a couple of years ago at 5 for a dollar. Unfortunately, I ran out of tags (see the left side). Stuff like that drives me crazy because I always need things just so.
The garden as of today, April 11th.
Everything is growing nicely. I know, color me surprised. I added some free cages (thanks Alissa!) to my tomato plants and found some identical plant tags at a local nursery. They were more expensive but I just wanted them to match. I'm a nutbar.
I've started to have pest problems though. I've lost three strawberries so far. The first one just turned moldy for some reason and the other two were eaten by rolly pollys. I thought those things were harmless!
Harmless my ass. Both strawberries had these little divots eaten out of them.
There is also something munching on my mint and eggplant leaves. I'm going to search for some organic pesticide this week and get some fertilizer too. My friend of the free tomato cages used fertilizer (blood meal?) when she planted at the same time as me and her plants are twice as big as mine. I seeth with jealousy every time I check out her garden.
The boy had some wood leftover so I also got a cutting garden. Yay!
Aren't they pretty?
Well, it was supposed to be a cutting garden so that I would have fresh flowers for the house, but I always think they look better on the plant. Oh well. I can see them from the kitchen window. That counts.
Ooo! (Hybrid tea rose Stainless Steel)
Next up, I'll share some pictures of our screened-in porch, which we've also been improving.