(I cannot get this f-ing picture to rotate right... annoying!)
My herbs this year include:
I still need marjoram and mint, so if anyone has starts they'd like to get rid of let me know.
To the right of the stairs, the asparagus patch has done well. Of the 12 asparagus root stock I planted about 9-10 have sent up wee little spears.
The weeds have popped up, too.
What didn't do well was the strawberries: not 1 of 20 came up. What a waste of money. I don't know if the root stock were bad or if the cold, rainy spring made them rot.
The good news is that while weeding I found that several dozen strawberry plants that had volunteered in a 1' x 1' section. About 20 of them got pressed into service and are now in the spots formerly taken by the draft dodgers. The rest got shipped off to the reserves (a neighbor).
The local high school's FFA club had a plant sale yesterday. I ran over and got 3 organic heirloom tomatoes ("chocolate cherry", "black" something, and "yellow" something), plus 2 everbearing strawberry plants called "tri-star". It cost just $9!
Maybe the 4th time is the charm for artichokes? I've planted them 3 years in a row from seed and never gotten a single choke. This year I gave up and bought a started plant.
All in all I feel good about the front yard. It has been hard work because I neglected those beds most of last summer. At least now I have a less-fuzzy vision for how to use the space and what I want to get out of it.