The aquaponics garden is finally doing great! We seem to have the ants fairly well under control, and the fish are fertilizing the plants. We are on a regular schedule for adding chelated iron to the system, and we have the lights adjusted (mostly) to accommodate the various heights of the plants.
We planted more seeds (direct sow) of the same things in this bed on Sunday, and yesterday we already had some sprouts!
These next photos are of some of the outdoor beds. We have lots of containers on the patio, including this cedar box filled with herbs. Cilantro, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Corsican and regular Basil.
In another of those cedar boxes which Ornery built legs for to keep the rabbits out of we planted all the strawberry plants I had in one pot last summer. They didn't produce last year because of the aforementioned rabbits, but they are loaded with blooms and berries right now, so hopefully we have hit upon a solution!
This next one is a photo of part of the patio. We have hanging baskets and numerous pots, plus the two new raised flower beds along the edge. It's mixed as to how well things are doing, some are great, some not so hot, but overall, I think once it warms up, we should have a pretty display of a wide variety of colors and textures. I have mostly planted perennial plants, but there are some annuals mixed in because I just can't seem to pass them up!
This is our columbine from last year. It did great all year last year, and is almost giddy this year producing even better than last. It is very happy in this spot on the patio.
Against my better judgment, we piled straw all over the beds to help protect against weeds and keep the moisture in. Unfortunately, the straw (wheat) has sprouted prodigiously (which happened last time and was the reason I didn't really want to use it for mulch) and has sort of hidden the various plants so I don't really know how they are doing. It has also provided a haven for the blasted rabbits to hide in, and they have burrowed in two of my vegetable beds. :( Not a happy gardener. I have a renewed appreciation for Mr. McGregor of Peter Rabbit fame. You can be assured we will be waging war on the little furry fiends. They aren't as destructive as some other critters, but it is hard enough to garden while battling the weather without added complications!