With one of my close friends, we planted a nice-sized (16' X 20') vegetable garden this Spring. This is her second time with a garden, and my first, and as silly as it sounds, I'm experiencing a lot of similar feelings of excitement and anticipation as I did when I was pregnant .
Our garden has:
Tomatoes (Heirloom, Roma, Cherry, and Beefsteaks)
Squash (crookneck and straightneck)
White and Yellow Onions
After tilling, prepping the soil, and planting (which was done the weekend after Tax Day ), we used Miracle Gro for the first few weeks. Fortunately, we've had a decent amount of rainfall without getting flooded, and in the past week, everything seems to have exploded . All of the plants are flowering, and we have several tomatoes growing, itty-bitty squash and peppers starting the grow, lots of little okra buds, and all kinds of baby cukes showing up.
Do green beans need a wire frame or a pole to grow? I'm assuming they're vines, and they're growing almost as fast as weeds (which ), so do we need to get something in the ground for them to flourish?
Also, we had our first official "harvest" if you want to call it that - one cuke, that was almost 5 inches in length. Shawn and I were surprised, considering the rest of them are so small.
I also want to plant herbs (primarily basil, dill, rosemary, thyme, and cilantro), but I have no idea if it's too late to get them started. If I do go ahead with them, do they grow better in the ground, or should I get a large pot for each of them? One of my concerns is that they seem pretty delicate compared to the veggies. The summer sun down here can be absolutely brutal, and my thought was that if they're in pots (or a long rectangular bed that can be moved), I can keep them on my deck and move them out of the direct sunlight if it appears like they're getting fried.
Other herbs I'd like to plant are lavender and lemon verbena, but again, I have no idea if they're better off planted directly in the ground or in large pots.
My friend was also thinking about trying to grow another "herb" than shan't be mentioned here , but I don't think that would be the smartest of ideas . I told her that if she wanted to do that, she can do it at her house rather than my yard/deck.
As far as non-veggie gardening, the rose bushes that were planted last August (I'm not sure what kind they are - they're sort of like tea roses but aren't very fragrant, though they're "strong" and hold up in all kinds of weather), are absolutely thriving and are frickin' HUGE now. We have 3 on either side of the entrance to our driveway, and 4 in the backyard, and they've grown faster and larger than any of the other decorative plants (liriope, azaleas, and some other type of bush that looks similar to boxwoods but are much smaller). I would love to plant a Victorian/English flower garden, but I have no idea how to go about it, not to mention the names of nearly all of the beautiful flowers I see in magazines ).
About impatiens (mentioned upthread)....at my parents old house, we had two long beds of them framing the patio in the back of the house. Not only were they beautiful when they blossomed, they were extremely low-maintenance and grew like crazy.