Yesterday, I went to a nearby garage sale and found these empty grape boxes. Today I over-planted them with bedding plants to add some color to one corner of our patio.
Our land has a very shallow layer of topsoil covering a vast shelf of sandstone. In order to have a garden of any type, we have to build raised beds. Our lawn is primarily bermuda grass, which is as invasive as kudzu, so having the barrier between the lawn and the plants helps out too.
Two years ago Fred built the long narrow bed that sits parallel to the fence. It will be planted with moonflowers to grow up onto strings. I have ordered some wave petunia plants to put along the front edge of the bed. The moonflowers have pretty foilage and blooms up to 8" in diameter. They're a member of the morning glory family. The blooms open at night and have a wonderful fragrance. I'll be planting them in another raised bed on the west side of our patio to provide shade there. We enjoy sitting out there in the evening enjoying the smell of the blooms and watching luna moths as they get nectar.
The two 4' x 8' beds are for tomatoes, squash and lettuce. Since I started so many squash plants from seeds in empty K-cups, I'll have to plant some in containers too. We should have enough squash to feed the entire neighborhood!
The yard doesn't look like much right now but I'm expecting an early spring this year. It will be greened up and needing to be mowed before we know it.
Now that I've finished this job, it's time to get serious about building my dragonflies and get them up on the fence. They'll be placed between the long narrow bed and two smaller planters that sit near it to add some much needed decoration on the wood fence.