Old Area Out, New Area In
I was not happy with the old area, too much slope and limited room, so I moved it out into the main yard. I also expanded it to 25'x25'. This year, I tilled and planted in regular soil but next year I am planting in raised boxes. I will be able to fit 9 4' square boxes in the area with walkways in between each one. I also erected a chicken wire fence to keep all of the critters out since they ate most of the garden last year. I did leave the strawberries in the old area since they were in beds and I did not want to disturb them until the fall. I will be moving them sometime later this year.
I planted vegetables in the main garden and changed the flower bed from last year into an herb garden. This year I planted Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumbers, Burpee Hybrid Zucchini, China Rose Radishes, Danvers Half Long and Nantes Half Long Carrots, Butter Crunch Lettuce, Yellow Onions, Calabrese Broccoli, Blue Lake Bush Beans, Beafsteak, Burpee Big Boy and Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes, Red Chili Hot and Bell Red Sweet Peppers, Super Sweet Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, Red Pontiac Potatoes, and Bonanza Mix Marigolds for bug control.
In the herb garden I planted Sweet Basil, Chives, Dill, Potpourri Sky Blue Lavender, Lemon Basil, Oregano, Dark Green Italian Parsley, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Bonanza Mix Marigolds for bug control. I also planted some of these herbs in deck planters so that we had easy access to common herbs.
I am also growing Roses, Peonies, Hostas, Lily of the Valley, Irises, Coral Bells, Daylilies, Comfrey, Yucca, and a few others that I can not remember at this time.
Updates And The Future
I will be updating this post as the growing season progresses. In the future I plan on using raised beds for everything and only heirloom seeds. I am also starting to grow more stuff inside including some exotic plants.
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Update 6/21/12 - I have added new photos and a new vegetable gardening video.