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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Garden Update Bed #2

Bed #2 is part of the Northern set of beds, and is the second from the East side.  Most people in North America would probably have numbered their beds from left to right; however, there is a method to the madness.  I numbered them in the order that they were created, and I created them East to West.

Bed #2 is the first of my herb beds.  As such, while it contains some extra tomato and pepper plants, and also has a little row of petunias, it has a lot of perennial herbs, such as lavender and oregano.  If it looks like there was no plan, just remember that "no plan survives the battlefield."  Bed #2 is about 8 feet long and about 3 feet wide.  The beans were an after thought attempt to fill some extra spaces so that weeds would not fill those areas.  Don't know yet if that tactic will be successful.

The pictures in this blog are actually quite large.  You may have to have your browser open in a new window, and you may have to change your browser setting to "show images full sized."  This is different for each browser, so changing those settings is beyond the scope of this post.

Bed #2 - The First Herb Bed, 30 May 2015
Plant Key Below

  1. Weedy pasture, mostly mowed; however, I have let the Daisies and (what I think is) Queen Ann's Lace grow and bloom.  What I am aggressively working to eliminate is the Honey Suckle and Multifora Rose that is trying to take over.
  2. Tomato
  3. Tomato
  4. Beans
  5. Cilantro
  6. Bee Balm (not really visible in this photo) - It's a sun-lover in some areas, but since we get some brutal summer sun, it seems to be happy hiding under the tomato plants
  7. Several Pepper Plants
  8. Dark Opal Purple Basil - 2 or 3 plants
  9. One red onion - you can see one of its thin leaves in this photo
  10. Upright Rosemary - also not visible - hidden by peppers - it probably needs more sun and I probably planted things too close
  11. Beans
  12. Petunias - they are just laughing at the heat.
  13. Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil - far superior than Sweet Danni Lemon Basil in my opinion.  It is starting to bud out.  I pinched the first set of buds off a few weeks ago; however, I'm going to let this set flower.
  14. Difficult to see, but there are two Ozark Beauty strawberry plants.  I've harvested 6 small, sweet strawberries from them so far.
  15. White Sweet Alysum - there's a purple one in there, too, somewhere.  They are both doing really well in fairly dense shade.  There is also a Creeping Rosemary in there.  It seems to be happily creeping into hidden sunny spots.
  16. Hidecote Lavender #1 is in there somewhere along with Greek Oregano
  17. More Beans and Petunias
  18. Hidecote Lavender #2
  19. Lemon Thyme
  20. More Peppers (I had a lot of extra peppers from Bed #1.  In retrospect, I probably should have just made a whole second bed for them.)
  21. Sweet Marjoram
  22. Sheep Nose Pimento Peppers - the one on the right was a "barely surviving, late to germinate, runt" - and it has almost caught up with the size of all of the other Sheep Noses.
  23. I've begun "pegging out" the Sweet Marjoram to produce more plants.  It and the Lemon Thyme are both growing so vigorously that I should have many baby plants by mid-June.