They both fit nicely in this container:
I used potting soil. Since the lettuce is separated into various sections it will be easy to replant as it is used. Right now the weather is cool. It will be interesting to see how this method holds up as it gets hotter.
Out in the front of my house I’m developing a rain garden. A rain garden is a collection of plants with roots that are deeper than lawn grass. When it rains heavily these plants keep the soil firmly in place. It is an opportunity to learn about some native grasses. I’ve added a few different kinds of plants to vary texture and color.
As the season progresses some of these plants will bloom. This will be a fun garden to watch. And what is a gardening blog without the occasional superstar – the rose! This beautiful specimen is the latest addition to my garden:
Who wouldn’t fall in love with this flower.
Finally, here is a bird’s eye view of the backyard garden plan:
There are many wonderful plants that are out of sight but in this image you can see the overall effect that I’m trying to achieve. My goal is to maximize food production but keep everything beautiful. The crops that are growing include: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, hyssop, tarragon, dill, chocolate mint, chamomile, sunflowers, eggplant, carrots, cucumbers, cantaloupe, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, lemon grass, cilantro/coriander, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, chives, celery, peas, beans, cabbage, beets, lettuce, chicory, potatoes, raspberries and fennel. The biggest challenge so far is to keep the aggressive plants contained and help the less aggressive plants thrive. I haven’t used any fertilizer yet – only worm compost and coffee grounds. To be accurate I have started many of the seedlings in miracle grow potting mix.