That's the plan right? Plant it and it will grow. It's a plan that works out better at times than other times in my garden! The climate has been good for steady growth here in Central Florida since January. Mild daytime temps with mercury dropping to a comfortable cool at night. I shared with y'all in a previous post the two new planting beds I created in January/February while the weather was nice and cool each day.
Even I wouldn't have believed how quickly those plants were going to take off if I hadn't chronicled the growth in photos. Take photos People! It will encourage you unexpectedly!
I first posted the progress on my Hoe and Shovel Facebook page (don't forget to click over and hit the LIKE button to join in the conversation). I didn't want to leave those of you who don't have a Facebook account out so here it is again just for you. The top photo was taken February 18 and the bottom photo only a short month later on March 23.
And just to stay up to date... here it is a few days ago with a wider angle. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying these new areas. They were just what the garden needed for spring. The new shape curving further out into the grassy area really eliminated that feel of a too-long stretch of grass. Even though there were curves in the perimeter planting beds it didn't feel just-right. (You know someday I'm going to close it in even tighter don't you? We all know it's going to happen... the grass calls to me, "shrink me, shrink me.")
So, what's going on within that new bed?
Rattlesnake pole beans from Baker Creek Seeds are twining up the obelisk so sweetly... just like I saw it in my minds' eye before I ever started this project.
I wanted this bed to be a mix of flowers and edibles. That's the way my 'designated' edible garden works also. But this bed is smack dab in the back garden. I wanted to smell it and see it while milling about that area. Is there anything more refreshing than the scent of fresh herbs and edibles growing?
Another goal for this space was to create enough new plot that squash plants were sure to get enough air ventilation and sprawl space. I've grown squash successfully in the edible garden but because the fall garden lasted so long this season space was limited when it was time to plant spring seeds. I'm pretty quick to solve those kinds of problems... just make more beds when I want to plant something. In this space the squash plants have some relief from the heat with late afternoon shade.
Almost everything in this new bed was planted from seed or divisions or transplants from other places in my garden.
Here's the rundown:
Bulbine 'Yellow Rocket' as edging; small pieces from mother plant divided and planted directly into soil
Nasturtiums from seed (American Meadows)
Zinnias from seed (Burpee)
Tomatoes from seed
Green beans from seed (Baker Creek bush beans)
Pole beans from seed (Baker Creek Rattlesnake)
Sweet peas (seed from Renee's Garden) that sprouted but it must be too hot because they are not doing great.
Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Lobelia (all 4" plants)
Bronze fennel divided from mother plant
African Blue basil (2" organic plants from Mountain Valley Growers)
Broccoli transplanted from seedlings in edible garden (Baker Creek Waltham)
Morning glory vine (cutting start from a friend)
Caladiums 'Red Flash' Mammoths (courtesy of Classic Caladiums)
... and the dollar weed is free. Ugh.
I hope you are loving up your spring garden! Have a great day! Meems