The small landscape timber bed has nasturtium, basil, lettuce, cherry tomato, and lemon thyme. It gets great morning sun and good early afternoon sun before the house creates a shadow in early evening. We put in pond soil to start the bed. The nasturtiums are kind of puny, but that seems to be the case of all my nasturtiums this year, so I don't think it's location related. The lettuce never really came in. The basil is great. So much so that I transplanted some plants from another location to perk them up. The cherry tomato is doing wonderfully (lots of blossom clusters and fruit has set), as is the lemon thyme (which tastes great by the way). I also have two yellow wax bean plants in this bed and they are flowering and look very healthy.
|Overview - fire pit is further away than it seems.
|Sad nasturtiums, great lemon thyme, happy bean plant
|Another bean, itty-bitty lettuce, and the transplanted basil
|Original dark green basil, cherry tomato, and BBQ rosemary
|This basil just isn't doing as well
|Pulled out the basil, transplanted cilantro, germinated seeds (basil, parsley, cilantro)
|Both beds doing well
|Lots of blossoms and some fruit on the Big Beef
The squash bed is also pond soil. Cucumbers are looking good. Zucchini plants actually have flowers already. Acorn and butternut squash plants are healthy but no blooms yet. The yellow wax beans are kind of slow. Since they were planted at the same time as the ones in the landscape timber bed, there is obviously some issue with this bed. Not sure if it's soil properties (shouldn't be - they have the same soil) or the fact that this bed gets little morning sun. Again, moving it further west will help.
|My first zucchini blossom!
|Many more forming
|Beans are blossoming, but don't look that good
|I may end up just eating the shoots
I imagine I'll change my mind multiple times before next summer, but this is the plan for now.