|corner of vegetable garden|
Over between the fence and the back of the driveway I put in the "garden annex" last year -- raised beds made from concrete blocks. Strawberries are planted in the holes of the blocks lining the beds. I saw this done both at the community garden at Seaside, Florida (where we go to the beach for a week in the summers) and the community garden here at University of Memphis. I would have thought the plants in the blocks would burn up during the hot summers -- but they do very well. Maybe it's a little insulating against the heat.
Here is a corner of my vegetable garden, facing the herb garden. There is a swiss chard planted in one planter by the arbor and hyacinth bean planted in a pot on the other side. In these two corner beds I have chard, lettuce, broccoli and sugar snap peas.
And here is a bit of an overview of the vegetable garden, showing the center square and the front triangle. In the center square I have tomatoes and "tricolor" bush beans. In the triangle I have asparagus beans, some peppers and eggplants.
The flowers in between the beds are showy primrose, which is coming up between the pavers. I usually let it carry on and when the flowers have pretty well played out I pull it out (otherwise I can't walk between the beds).
I also have okra, squash, and cucumber seedlings tucked around in various beds.
We have been at the beach over the past week, getting back last Saturday -- and the garden now? I feel like I need a machete to cut my way through! And we have 90 degree temps with a hundred zillion per cent humidity, and a threat of humongous storms this afternoon and tonight.