The plants here are fennel, rosemary, sage, oregano, lemon thyme and German thyme, lemon mint, mint 'Mojito' and mint 'Julep'. All three mints are planted in larger pots and buried, knowing how they will take over everything if not kept in check. In front of the mints I have planted cilantro seeds.
And then parsley, with more parsley seeds in front, and chives, and finally dill. I bought a bag of red onion sets and just stuck a bunch of them in empty spots. Then I transplanted maybe five clumps of basil from another bed where they were beginning to be covered by squash plants. This trough is just so convenient, but alas, I didn't consider that the holes I drilled in the bottom for drainage would mean dark streams of water on my patio. Not pretty. And too late to move the thing, as it weighs more than a car. O well. As I have stated a million times before, we live and learn.
I was asked how long it takes to water my gardens. I think for both the front and back, hand watering with a shower wand takes about 30 minutes. While everything is newly planted I am taking my time observing and making sure little sprouts don't get smashed down with the spray. Once everything is well established, I will quickly get bored with watering and will resort to my watering sticks. I got two of these on Ebay in 2009, and now the link is defunct. Darn.
Speaking of water...our water garden tub arrived yesterday and we filled it and it looks great. Its small, about 6' in diameter and 2' high, and holds about 390 gallons of water. It is close enough to the house for the electric needed for a pump. I bought some water plants at Home Depot and will soon be getting the filter set up and bringing home some trial goldfish. The grass is almost all dead and Dave is ready to start mulching the rest of the yard.
The water looks so inviting....