I'm just getting back from my trip to Destin. I'm hoping to put together photos from the trip for a post tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought I'd kick off this lovely week with a glimpse at what I planted in my garden this year. For those of you are who newer to the blog, I LOVE growing plants and flowers in the spring and summer. I keep a big collection in pots on my deck and also have a pretty large raised bed by the side of my house. It's one of my great joys!
The weekend before last I went a little crazy at the Herb Festival and plant farm. This was just part of my collection I had to get in the ground and pots in day. I ended up picking up plants from no short of four places before I was done. The Hubs was such a good sport helping me carry them all around and filling the car with heavy soil bags to plant them in.
I did lots of veggies in the raised bed again this year. There is nothing like fresh picked veggies from your own backyard.
I decided to plant an extra zucchini plant. I always seem to lose one of of them by July, so I'm hoping an extra will keep me eating zoodles all summer.
I also did one regular summer squash plant.
I also put in a burpless cucumber...
... and four different kinds of peppers!
With the remaining space I'm going to plant two varieties of green beans and also kale! I hope I have enough time to get the kale going before it gets too hot.
I love tomatoes and do them in pots on my deck so I can keep my eye on them. Tomatoes are finicky for me. I planted a red cherry, yellow pear and two black cherries. I've found it's a lot easier to grow smaller tomatoes, so that's what I do!
My herb tower needed a bit of a refresher after a long winter. I got new dill, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lemon oregano. Those out of control chives come back every year no matter how much I neglect them. I do need to cut the flowers back so the chives don't get hard, but for now I decided they are pretty. 🙂
If you like this herb tower I did a DIY post many moons ago on how to make this yourself HERE. This is such a fun thing to have on your back deck near your kitchen. It makes it easy to get to your fresh herbs for cooking.
I also replaced my mint plant with plain peppermint and strawberry peppermint. The old plant wasn't showing any signs of life yet, so I wasn't sure if it would actually come back or not this time. In milder winters it does fine, but this year was so cold!
I never seem to have enough basil so this year I also planted four separate basil containers. I have big dreams of fresh pesto and caprese for days.
I also planted flowers! Some of the plants I got are still pretty small so they will look a lot more lush in a few weeks, but here's a little peak...
Aren't these so pretty?
These are my window boxes. I shared how I do my window boxes here. They also need to grow in.
I also added an extra pot on the other side of my deck this season.
I just love the way it all came together and I can't wait to get home and watch it grow! Hopefully we'll be eating fresh veggies in no time.
Love gardening? Here's more about my green thumb...
- WNC Herb Festival 2014
- What I'm Growing This Year
- How Does Your Garden Grow
- Garden Update
- Planting to Garden
- Herb Festival
Also check out this super effective plant food recipe from Maybe I Will! It can help your plants grow faster.
Do you garden? If so, what do you grow?