Since the weather is so nice today, DH and I decided to create a plan for our vegetable and herb garden for this season. We've never done this before, so we're just hoping everything turns out OK.
We decided to build a raised bed (5 ft X 20 ft), which we hope to have completed by the end of the month. We think this will give our veggies the best chance at survival, since they won't have to fight through our rocky clay soil to put down roots.
We chose 7 veggies/fruits and 1 flowering herb bush to plant in our bed and purchased the seeds and peat starter pots for those today. I got all of those put together this afternoon, so we now have the following (I put all the peat pots into the lid of a copy paper box to keep them together and easy to move back and forth from outside to inside, so that is what the chart below represents):
We also chose 5 herbs to grow, and sowed those seeds into individual pots, where they will remain. We planted seeds for parsley, cilantro, thyme, chives, and basil.
Once we get our raised bed constructed, we will transplant the germinated seeds as soon as we can based on the guidelines for each type of plant (the lavender will be transplanted to flower beds in the front yard). We also have plans to make a gravel patio in our backyard and to create flower beds in the front yard. We have a lot of work ahead of us, so wish us luck!