For the past few days I have been removing all flowers and plants from the back half of the garage-size bed (from the kitchen window back). This bed gets solid sun from about 2:30pm until 7ish. Since the raised beds in the backyard get filtered sun all day, I wanted to plant in various areas of the yard. I hope to make this bed a low-maintenance “perirenal” bed after this season.

  • Peppermint – I removed all the peppermint growing here. Some was transplanted to the bed next to the sidewalk, really just so I could practice transplanting. The front half of the garage-side bed is still flush with plenty of peppermint
  • Periwinkle – All transplanted to the bed next to the sidewalk to thicken the appearance with the periwinkle that was already there
  • Irises – Were way too thick. Blooms only lasted for a few days and completely drooped over. Tossed about half in the yard waste bin and saved ~45 rhizomes
  • Tree – I’m not sure what kind of tree, but it was very close to the house and the root was very thick. I dug down about a foot and cut it all out with a reciprocating saw

All the soil was fairly loose at the top, but pretty dense just a few inches down, so I mixed it with peat moss and compost/cow manure mix, some old potting soil, plus an extra dose of Dr. Earth Home Grown Organic & Natural Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer (4-6-3). The bed was softened and amended at least 8 inches deep throughout, deeper toward the back. The soil feels and looks a lot better.

Planted from Seed

  • Greek Oregano, Burpee – 210mg, G 10-21, H 90-200
  • Thyme, Ferry-Morse Sow Easy – ~100 seeds, G 15-20
  • Parisian Market Carrot, Ferry-Morse – 1g seeds, G 18-20, H 55-65
  • Scarlet Nantes Carrot, Ferry-Morse – 1 package, G 8-12, H 60
  • Rainbow Mix Carrots, Ferry-Morse – 1 package, G 10-15, H67. The package doesn’t list the names of each carrot, says, “Produces orange, red, white, yellow, and black carrots.”
  • French Dressing Radish, Burpee – 4.65g seeds, G 4-6, H 25-35.
  • Cherry Belle Radish, Burpee – G 4-6, H 22
  • Global Gourmet Mix, Burpee EZ-Pods – G 5-14, H 28-40
    • Red Romaine Lettuce
    • Oakleaf Lettuce
    • Simpson Elite Lettuce
    • Golden Frills Mustard Greens
    • Kyona Mizuna Mustard Greens
    • Komatsuna Red Spinach Mustard Hybrid
    • Ruby Streaks Mustard Greens
    • Chrysanthemum Shungiku
  • Parris Island Cos Lettuce, Ferry-Morse – G 7-10, H 68
  • Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Ferry-Morse – G7-10, H 45
  • Freckles Romaine Lettuce, MIgardener – G 2-12, M 28
  • Ruby Red Leaf Lettuce, MIgardener – G 2-12, M 40
  • Bronze Mignonette Lettuce, MIgardener – G 2-12, M 50

Oregano and Thyme all along the house side of the bed.

Radishes and carrots are in the quarter of the bed toward the front yard. I was inspired by this video from MIgardener to just toss all these radish and carrot seeds in this area and see what happens.

Along the walkway side of this bed I planted lettuces all the way down. The problem is – I don’t remember the order that I planted them. I plan to use the “cut and come again” method in harvesting this lettuce.


Down the middle of this bed, I transplanted various fruits and veggies from nursery containers. Listed from front yard to backyard

  • Valentine Red Rhubarb, Heartland Nursery and Garden Center – 6″ nursery pot
  • Easy Pick F1 Zucchini Squash, Neosho Gardens Smart Starts (from Grasspad)  – 2.5″ nursery pot with two plants
  • Green Light Cucumber (from Grasspad) – 4-cell pack. I am not confident all of these will make it
  • Atlantis Cantaloupe (Muskmelon), Neosho Gardens Smart Starts (from Grasspad) – 2.5″ nursery pot with two plants. I’m not confident these will make it
  • Sugar Baby Watermelon, Sedan Floral (from Grasspad) – 4-cell pack
  • Einset Seedless Table Grape, Kraemer’s Nursery (bought from Sutherland’s in Waldo) – 6″ nursery pot
  • Boyne Raspberry, Kraemer’s Nursery (bought from Sutherland’s in Waldo) – 6″ nursery pot
  • Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry, Kraemer’s Nursery (bought from Sutherland’s in Waldo) – 6″ nursery pot

Grasspad had a BOGO sale, so I took advantage of it a few days ago, even though some of the veggies didn’t look so good.

I topped this whole bed with an inch of shredded cypress mulch.