Hello! My name is Ashley and my husband and I live in Alabama (zone 7). Here's our garden thus far this season...
The first fruits (and peppers) of our labor.
Day Lilies! These were actually planted before we moved in. It's nice because each year there's a new group of them that have popped up in random places around our property.
Hear come the broccoli!
Four o'clocks have come in! These were also planted years before we got here...all around the front porch. It's nice to come home and walk into such a sweet scent that lingers all the way to the front door. We have pink and yellow growing. Last year we "borrowed" some seeds of a white variety, so I'm excited to see if they come up!
First pickling cucumber! There are about 10+ that are growing...and I know they grow fast. We've been gathering pickling and stocking up on mason jars. I'm excited! We've had about two strawberries come in and turn a gorgeous red, only to be nibbled by the birds. Gotta fix that...
Roma and regular tomatoes. We have about 20 Romas that are about to ripen and about three "regular" tomatoes. Then there are two plants that are still growing, but have now fruits.
Lantana and chamomile buds. Lantana are my favorite types of flowers (this year). Woo perennials! We've also planted a white variety as well as a white and yellow mixture. And I can't wait to make my own tea from the chamomile...mmm.
Raised Beds. There are seven. They house: cucumbers, pumpkin, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, strawberries, okra, eggplant, corn, carrots, rosemary, lavender, cat mint, st. john's wort, parsley, cilantro, asparagus, basil, apple mint, broccoli, onions, thyme, lettuce...and I think that's it.
catnip & citronella
corn & onion
budding pepper & parsley and cat mint
foxgloves...another favorite! These are now planted near the back of our house. And the resident asparagus ladybug.
okra (yum yum)
Not pictured are a variety of other plants including: lilies of the valley, irises, primroses, forget-me-nots, various vines, several succulent varieties (so easy!), peace lily, rabbit foot fern, yellow jasmine, golden rain trees, elephant ears, daisies, canna, and several plants that our neighbor gave us that are still unidentified. There are also a bunch of plants returning to us that I forgot about! I can't wait until they start blooming.
I still want to make a rain barrel and began planning where to put irrigation hoses. Any advice for laying your own irrigation system?