Yesterday was spent mulching between the beds. And since Ribbit asked and it has been such a long time, I had to go take photos of the garden from above.
The first photo is from my guest room. I have to climb on top of end table and open the window from the top to get this view. If I take it from the bottom of the window a third of each bed is cut off from that little roof overhang. And no I will not go and try to climb up to the attic window for a better view. I will not risk death and a broken leg trying to get a photo.
From left to right. Bed 8 has a modified three sisters planting. The pole beans will grow up the trellis and the corn and squash are in the front. The corn has started to come up already. And I've seen one bean start to push up. It won't be long before the rest of them come up. Bed 7 is my pole garden with tiny little peppers. Bed 6 is under the row cover. That is where all my brassicas and chard are planted. Today I went out and filled in the empty picked spots with some green stemmed bok choy. Other replacements are already growing, but have a couple weeks more before they get in the garden. Bed 6 has or will have my cucumbers nearest the bottom then the melons, then in the top 4'x8' section I have zucchini and more pole beans. Bed 4 The bottom has four tomatoes in the cages and in front are some eggplant.
Moving down and taking the photo from my 2nd story hall, bed 3 is lined with peas on the right side and on the left are a while bunch of other things. From bottom to top are favas, carrots, bunching onions, parsley, cumin, coriandar, leeks, and dill. Bed 2 is my poor sad spinach and radish bed under a cover. Bed 1 is my main tomato bed. It has 17 tomatoes in it plus a few flowers. Our forecast for this coming week is rain, rain, and more rain. Mixed with lots of clouds. Even the long range forecast has nothing but rain it in. So no sun for a while. I wanted my tomatoes to be protected from being wet all the time. The four tomatoes in bed 4 will just have to survive in any way they can as I haven't covered them. The last bed is the driveway herb bed. This bed is right in front of the fence by the driveway and can be hard to get to since the arbor sticks out so far. It contains a bleeding heart, nasturtium, zinnia, cosmos, achillea, chamomile, French tarragon, and anise hyssop (the last two put in today)
Next up is the foundation herb bed (bottom part of the photo). It has my climbing rose, three mint pots (potted up today, but not in the photo), borage, forget-me-nots, rosemary (also put in today), sweet alyssum, dianthus, sunflowers, and sage. Eventually it will also have some black-eyed susans, but not yet. I've been growing them from seed and they are still less than half a centimeter wide so they have a long time to grow yet.
Then my circle garden from the guest room had its photo taken. The center has herbs. To the left are lettuce and garlic. I seeded some summer lettuce yesterday (Red Sails, Deer Tongue, Jericho, Anuenue, Manoa) to fill in when they are picked. To the right of the circle are my onions. Also in this photo you can see my pallet compost bins (behind the reed fencing). I snagged another pallet for the last bin. It now has a full sized pallet in the front. I filled it to the top with leaves that I had in bags.
Yesterday the herbs from the Growers Exchange came. They looked pretty good. I put them in the ground today. Normally I'd let them get used to full sun before planting out, but since we won't have full sun for at least a week, I think they are safe.
A few of the herbs that came went into the circle garden. Now it looks much more like a kitchen herb garden. From the top going clockwise are chives, Arp rosemary, two bunches of bunching onions, sage (grown from seed), garlic chives, English thyme, French thyme, and Greek oregano. I'm not sure you can see the oregano as I grew it from seed and it is still small. But it seems to be happily getting bigger. There is also a borage plant under the sundial. I may not let it live there as I'm not sure there is space for it, but I'll leave it for now.