So this will be the second year I have had a garden…
last year I built a raised bed garden:
I had 3 cucumber plants, 1 cantaloupe plant, 2 lavender trees (purchased at the end of the spring season, so they were kinda puny looking and I was confident I could save them), one jalapeño plant, 3 chamomile plants, 3 catnip plants, 3 petunia plants, and one Lemon Balm plant. The Texas heat proved too much for my poor chamomile, one of the lavender trees was too far gone to save, but everything else did really well!
My jalapeño plant didn’t actually start producing until November, and everything except my catnip and my lemon balm died during the big freeze in February.
I pulled everything but the survivors up and turned the soil and added some nutrients back to the soil.
I had to restart all my seedlings, too.
We had lost power for 72+hours and lost all my seedlings except for 3 strawberry plants, 3 cherry tomato plants, and 3 purple coneflower plants.
It got down to 28° INSIDE the house, while it reached negative temps outside. We Texans were NOT prepared for that winter storm.
Anyway, I restarted all the seedlings which included:
Cucumber, cantaloupe, zinnia, marigolds, forget me nots, pumpkin, crimson sweet (red inside) watermelon, Orange (orange inside) watermelon, Gold (yellow inside) watermelon, mammoth russian sunflowers, American giant sunflowers (28 sunflowers altogether… yeah, I’m crazy like that!) and Cucamelons (Mexican sour gherkins). I also purchased three different types of mint: peppermint, sweet mint, and spearmint, which have their own little corner garden to prevent them from taking over the garden.
The only other plants that survived the freeze were my gala apple tree saplings and my pothos ivies. The ivies were inside the house (it was touch and go for a week or two with them, I thought I was gonna lose them) and the apple tree saplings were outside in my greenhouse (which got down to about 20° inside the greenhouse). Now prepare for photo overload!