In the past I have planted tomatoes or peppers in this center bed, but last year I placed the bird bath there, and I don't like planting tall plants around it. I have also planted lettuces and greens here, but they bolt so fast in the heat.
As the garden is planted in full sun, I chose flowers accordingly. An inner row of red salvia circles the bird bath, followed by a middle row of snap dragons and an outer row of white sweet alyssum and blue lobelia.
Vertical Vining VegetablesMcLaughlin has been my mentor for years. Her book on Vertical Vegetable Gardening guided me in my first attempt to garden. Since my garden is small (16x16 feet) I continue to practice the square foot and vertical gardening techniques. This bed has a cucumber plant and a zucchini plant, but growing them vertically enables me to grow them both in a 3x6 foot bed. I was even able to get some kale in between them and used a decorative fence for eye appeal and to separate them from the border flowers.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my garden and that something in this blog post is helpful to you. I'm already thinking about some changes I will make to my garden next year. That's part of the joy of gardening . . . dreaming about it. Here are some more photos of my Kitchen Garden and Potting Shed. Happy Gardening!