Since I have a lot more space to work with this year in the garden, we’re trying out a few new plants, and I’ve inter-planted a lot of flowers that are supposed to be beneficial to gardens. The coneflowers and zinnias are in each bed to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. I would have done sunflowers also, but I didn’t get the seeds planted in time for them to be beneficial. I also didn’t plant the lavender in the herb garden because I wanted to use it as a repellant for fleas, moths, and whiteflies. The scent will also help mask the vegetables from other insects. That is also what the marigolds are for, which I have used to create a border around each bed, and I’ve added a few extra around the tomato plants. I’ve read they are good at repelling tomato hornworms and whiteflies, and they are good at killing and preventing grubs in the ground. I bought some nasturtium seeds but haven’t planted them yet. I hope to get around to doing that in the next day or two as aphids LOVE these things. I want to draw aphids away from the garden, so I might plant them along the property line to attract them away from the garden.
Here’s one of the garden beds.
I took pictures of each half (along with the herb garden) and labeled everything. I’m curious to see how the cantaloupe does since I have never tried to grow them before.
Let’s hope these 2 zucchini plants do better than the ones from 2012. In 2012, all the blooms fell off before they had a chance to open for pollination. I’ve never tried to grow okra before either, so hopefully it does well. This may not be enough space for the okra plants, but this year’s garden is really going to be about planting and learning so I can correct it next year.
The herb garden:
And here’s the other garden bed.
I’ve never tried to grow watermelon before either. I personally hate watermelon, but Alex loves it. So we’ll see how it turns out. This is the icebox variety.
I had to order the Italian green bean seeds from Burpee.com. My mom used to get hers at Home Depot, but I couldn’t find them. These are an early bush variety, so I don’t have to worry about a support system for them. The flat green beans are my favorite!
Now I get to watch it grow. I’m so ready for some fresh vegetables! Nothing beats the taste of a homegrown cucumber or tomato!
Last year, I had mint planted and thought it had died. It started coming back this year – the back of the planter, the tallest stuff in the picture below. I decided to get another mint plant to fill in the front part, and this stuff grows like crazy! It’s time to brew some tea with mint leaves!
And I planted some cilantro for Alex (this stuff is just nasty to me). I didn’t put it in the herb garden for 2 reasons. 1) It hates hot weather, so putting it here where there’s more shade will help prolong it. 2) I’ve read it will take over the garden, so I’m containing it.