The experiments for the year:
- Tri-color pole beans on one trellis with rattlesnake and purple pole beans on the other. To be picked young for eating. Question: How with they look and will my family eat them?
|Experimental pole beans - color? taste?|
- Scarlet runner beans were added to the edges of both of those trellises as a border of color. These were purchased for the flower color and then, hopefully, dry and eat the beans as well.
- The scarlet runner beans were also added to two trellises in a focal garden on the side of the house
- Ruby Swiss Chard was added along the front edge of another garden to add a nice contrast of color to the rock border. Picked small, chard is very tender and cooks up and tastes like spinach.
- Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes are on two focal trellises to climb and add a pop of red and green.
- Red Sails lettuce was placed along the front border of my little pond on the north side of the house - hoping it will last longer there with some shade and coolness; it is a pretty contrast of color to all the green there as well.
Lettuce surrounds front border of pond
- An assortment of hot peppers were grouped along south-facing brick wall. They are supposed to like it hot, and that is the hottest spot of the yard. They are also a red fruit which will be a pretty pop.
- Parsley and basil line a garden path.
- The biggest project was the addition of two 4x12 raised beds built within the confines of the old swingset area. These are planted completely in vegetables.
|Watch for a post on the creation of these beds|
|Keep picking the chard to keep it small and producing|