|strawflower in the new vegetable beds|
It's those darn marigolds' fault. They started it. I'm not sure if marigolds actually deter pests but they do seem to attract ladybugs, so I continue to plant them with my spring/summer vegetables.
|before: side yard with lots of bushy lantana|
|Kurt dug out all the lantana and added the first pile of compost and dirt|
|after: total area now covered with planting beds is about 12'x18'|
|These okra seedlings will go into the new beds, too.|
|Total area covered by each of these back yard beds is also about 12'x18'|
I'll plant "Contender" bush beans back there this weekend. If my tiny tomato seedlings get big enough, they'll go back there, too. I have several pots of basil but am waiting to plant them until night temperatures are consistently above 50.
Kurt's got some plan in his head for building a frame for bird netting for the new beds. Since no vegetables have been planted there before, maybe it will take longer for the insects, diseases, and squirrels to find them. Yeah, right.