We're past our official last frost date so technically we can start planting. I'm being a bit cautious as the weather has really been strange the last few years. So I'm waiting till next month to plant some flowers. But I did plant my potatoes and some tomatoes today!
This year I'm just planting some Yukon Gold potatoes which I got from Gurney's. What I do is dig a deep trench in one of my raised beds and place the seed potato (or potato piece) in it about 8 inches apart. Plant with the eyes facing up! I then cover this with about 3 inches of soil. As the plants grow I keep mounding the soil over them until it's time to harvest them. I'll take pictures as they grow.
I just did one side of the planting bed this week. I'll do the other side in a few weeks. That way I won't have them all ready to harvest at the same time. Last year I grew potatoes in a big black container and they did very well. So if you don't have space to grow them in the ground try them in a container.
I also planted a few tomatoes. I always plant marigolds around my tomatoes. They're suppose to be a natural pest deterrent. I don't know if they really are but I never have problems with my tomatoes. So I keep doing it! You all know to bury your tomato plants deeper than the pots they come in. Right?!
I may plant some carrots in with the tomatoes. I've done basil before and that's done very well. Here's a companion planting guide. So far I have three beds that have veggies in them and my strawberry bed going right now. I still have two more beds to work on.
Every morning I go out and pick some lettuce for sandwiches and salad!
Besides my raised beds, I have some herbs and other things sprinkled in amongst the flower beds.
Here's some lettuce and cilantro. There's lavender next to it and there is also some parsley in this bed. Parsley and cilantro come back every year for me (I'm in Georgia) and actually the parsley never dies back!
By the way, my plates have not fallen off the fence once! Even through all these bad storms we've had (including last night when the tornado siren went off about 4 times in two hours).
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the veggie garden. It's really my favorite place in my whole yard! I'm not an expert, but I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. I'd love to see more people growing their own veg so I'd be happy to help if you have questions.