We have almost everything planted in our garden beds for the summer, so I thought I would share in writing what we've got planted. We are in Zone 7 here in Atlanta. If you aren't sure what zone you live in for planting, you can easily look it up. When you are familiar with your zone, it is makes it much easier to figure out what and when to plant.
We have four garden beds, and Troster says that it's still not enough beds for all of the things I want to plant. I just get so excited. Here's what we have planted so far from the spring and some new plants that we put in. Below I'll share where we buy all of our plants and seeds.
In our first bed, we planted roses with some companion plants. I planted lambs ear, creeping jenny and toe ticklers to add texture, plus the kids love all of these for sensory reasons.
In our second bed, we have strawberries (which won't do much this year since we just planted them in March), cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, malope flowers and carrots.
Our third bed is our herb and flower bed: rosemary, lavender, lemon thyme, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, fennel, golden sage, autumn sunflowers, teddy bear sunflowers, zinnias and cosmos.
In our last bed, we have a variety of different tomatoes: cherry, better boy and yellow pear. We also have french filet beans, butter crunch lettuce and basil and marigolds surrounding the tomatoes. Tomatoes, basil and marigolds go together and I swear it yields more tomatoes. I also just planted eggplant and golden bell peppers.
I purchase the majority of our seeds and plants at Pikes Nursery here in Atlanta. I started all of the flowers from seed and purchased them online from Floret Flower. I love the variety of flowers she has to chose from.
I am no master gardener. I would call myself a lazy gardener, but I have always had a love for it. I have my parents and my Pappy to thank for that. I used to wonder why my dad spent so much time in the garden, now I know why. It is a lot of work, but also quite relaxing. From the weeding, digging, looking around to see what is growing, I find it therapeutic.
If you've been thinking of starting a garden, now is the best time. It's growing season. You don't need a bunch of garden beds, you can literally just use a few pots. Figure out what you want to plant and go from there. Happy growing!