Excuse the toys and mess in the garden, I ran to take a photo before it did not happen, so stuff is everywhere. Today I put in some peppers, eggplant, and summer squash seedlings. My beloved Magda would not germinate for me, and something got to the stem of my Sungold plant, so I went to the nursery and picked up some Eight Ball squash and Sun Sugar tomato to try instead. I also stocked up on herbs I did not start from seed and threw in a pimento pepper for good luck. This year I finally got it together and tried to house *most* of the herbs in one bed:
The basil overflow is stuck amongst the tomatoes (salad leaf, sweet, pistou, and thai). In the herb bed I have thyme, lemon thyme, orange thyme, sage, oregano, chives, garlic chives, bulbing fennel, lavender, rosemary, basil, summer savory, parcel, cilantro and alpine strawberries. YUM- lots of great flavors to be had in there!
I did something else that has been on my wish list for years as well, which was to use wire fencing to make an A-frame trellis for the cukes:
I find cukes in my garden want to spread out more than up, so I am curious to see if this will be a good system (the trellis is taller than it appears in the photo); the variety is Persian Baby, a first-timer for us.
As an experiemnt I put strawberries on the perimeter of one bed tomatoes were going into. So far it has worked quite well though I am curious to see if the berries become unhappy later in the season when tomatoes are shading them out. At least fruit production will be done by then as they are june-bearing varieties: