I grow slicing cucumbers and peppers in a raised bed covered with a cold frame because of our frequent "cool" nights.
The cucumbers are just starting to trail off wanting to escape their "cage." As you can see, it will still be a while before we're eating crispy, crunchy sliced cukes. (Darn. I'm always so eager for them!)
This is a new Italian sweet pepper I'm trying this year. I was surprised to find three nice peppers already formed on this plant (obviously an early achiever), but they have to turn yellow, orange or red before they're ripe.
In my book, a bed of red and green lettuce is beautiful. Yummy, too! (Whenever I look at red/bronze colored lettuce, I remember when we had the restaurant and a new assistant cook [a college student] was accepting an order of produce. She nearly refused a case of red lettuce because she thought it was green lettuce gone bad!)
I always grow two zucchini plants in a hill in the center of a raised bed with nasturtiums on either side. It's too soon yet for any zucchinis to appear or the nasturtiums to blossom. (Did you know you can eat nasturtium blossoms? Beautiful in a tossed salad.)
Kinda curious . . . my sugar snap peas (edible podded) each year blossom and bear a couple of weeks before my shell peas. This year the shell peas are covered with blossoms, but the sugar snap peas have yet to produce one single blossom. Hmmmmm . . . ?
A whole 4' x 8' raised bed was planted to borage because it's supposed to be a good plant for honey bees. This area is not farm country (understatement of the day) so we don't have fields of blossoms from which our bees can collect nectar. They have to make do with any wild flowers or cultivated blossoming plants they can find. These borage plants should grow 18" to 30" tall so even though they're looking good they have a ways to go before producing their showy blue flowers.
Although these everbearing strawberries I'm experimenting with aren't grown in a raised bed, I've slipped them in with this post.
The plants are healthy and they are just now starting to bear well. (Even though they're touted as bearing before the June bearing plants. Hrumpf.) I picked a bowlful weighing three pounds of them yesterday. Nice big berries, but they still don't have much of any strawberry flavor . . . and are a titch on the sour side. Papa Pea suggested I make jam with them this year, and tear them out at the end of the season.
The June bearing strawberries (all three varieties) are producing well. (And are flavorful!) As of yesterday's harvest, I've gotten a total of 59 pounds and 14 ounces from them. Not too shabby!
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