Planting tray for vegetable gardenIn my last garden update, the fabulous nephews filled the growboxes with soil and dug out flowers to prepare a place where I wanted tomatoes along a fence. This week I’ve been buying plants and seeds like crazy. Before I show you what’s planted, first I need advice about the two plants in my planting tray above which were marked Black Beauty Eggplant. When I got them home that I realized they don’t look like any eggplant I’ve seen. There was a whole shelf of these, all marked “eggplant” but I’m suspicious because I’ve had a few mystery plants that didn’t turn out to be what they were supposed to be. Gardeners, please weigh in, could this possibly be eggplant, or is it a mis-marked squash plant of some type?

Because my garden area has overhead sprinklers, I’ve long wanted to move the tomatoes away from the other vegetables. Now I have a long row of tomatoes planted along a fence/garage. There are 4 Romas for slow roasted tomatoes, 2 Celebrity, and one each Lemon Boy, Mr. Stripey, Husky Cherry Red, Mortgage Lifter, and Brandywine. I see a lot of tomato sandwiches in my future.

The long narrow herb boxes are now all planted with herbs and seeds except for basil plants, which I’m saving for warmer weather. The boxes have Greek Oregano, Purple Sage, Italian Oregano, Bergarten Sage, Marjoram, Italian Parsley, Rosemary, French Tarragon, Curly Parsley, Silver Thyme, Green Onion (seeds) and Basil (seeds.) Yes, I do realize I’m planting them rather close together, but what I’m going for here is masses of herbs in a box. (There are more herbs along a fence which I’ll talk about later.)

I planted two clumps of these bush-type cucumbers, which I’m hoping won’t spread out too much.

I’m going to add some type of sweet mini-peppers too, but so far I have two plants of these sweet bell peppers which will turn red when they ripen.

Finally, a rather boring photo but one box will be entirely planted with seeds, a new experience for me. So far I have French Breakfast Radishes, Bright Lights Chard, Rainbow Carrots, Red Russian Kale, and Arugula. I’m planting it so that some of the quick growing plants (such as radishes and arugula) will get pulled out and leave room for bigger all season plants (like chard.) There’s room for a couple more types of greens, any suggestions?

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