Below is the entire raised bed area. Since the last photo, I've added some more Marigolds to the right of the tomatoes. Pratima mentioned in an email that "Marigolds are very auspicious in India and they are a huge part of the fesitivities." They are most certainly one of Mr. Squash's favorite flowers!
On this post I'll label what's what since everything is still so small. Here are the tomatoes. Another one mysteriously appeared since the last post! I just couldn't resist "Chocolate Cherry Tomato"!!
This is the sugar snap pea and bean bed. I poked a mild chili pepper in just for fun! You may not be able to see, but all the seeds in all the beds have germinated! Click on any of the photos to enlarge. I place a bird netting over all the beds when I plant to deter cats from using the area as a litter box! As the seeds germinate, I cut away the netting over the seeds, then remove it completely as the plants begin to mature.
In this bed we have a row of Red Sails lettuce starts. Where it says carrots under the lettuce is actually radishes! I am having so much trouble with the internet lately that I gave up trying to post the corrected photo! Under the radishes are 2 rows each of green onions, Baltimore carrots and Nantes carrots.
This is my lettuce "factory"! There are 7 different varieties including romaines, butter, leaf, Mesculun mix and other mixes. I like to harvest and clean the lettuce, then tear it up and make mixed bags! To the right of this bed are dwarf nasturtiums and purple, sweet bell peppers. For those of you who don't already know - nasturtium flowers can be used in salads! They add color and a bit of a peppery flavor!
On the other side of the yard are pickling cucumbers, zucchini and pumpkins! The ladders will allow the cucumbers and zucchini to grow up and over and give the pumpkins more ground space! The cucumbers have that milk carton over them to help the seeds germinate a tad faster.
Our fence if finally almost finished! All it needs is to be stained which will hopefully happen this weekend. We've had some wild weather the past few days - thunder, wind, rain and hail - so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the weekend weather is better! The large arbor in this photo will have a green and red eating grape growing up each side!
Here is the smaller arbor that was built over the exisiting fence in front. This is a small section of fence that we decided not to replace as it was fairly new when we bought the house. Although it's different from the main fence, you only see this from the front, so we aren't worried about contrast - and I really like it! I purchased a white Clematis to grown up and over this arbor - just waiting for paint.
So there you have it for now. It will be fun to see how much growth we get by next Friday!