And then there were 2! See Phase 1 here.
The second planter was a much larger task than I was expecting it to be. Not the actual installation or planting, but the getting of the planter box. The original was from Home Depot and less than 2 weeks later not only did they have no more of the same kind, they had never heard of that brand! Commence frustration. Do we go for a mis-matching planter of the same size? I begrudgingly bought the other planter, but attempted to hunt down the right one (I spent more time calling area Home Depots than I'd care to admit to). Luckily an e-mail direct to the manufacturer of our preferred planter was fruitful and I was able to order one direct from them for the same price. Yay! I was also assured that next year when we intend to add 1 or 2 more planters they will still be available through direct order if we can't find them at Home Depot again. Double Yay!
Planter 1 is now the home of 2 thriving cucumber plants, a struggling green bean, 3 strawberry plants, one mystery plant from my sister, 2 cauliflower, cilantro, oregano, dill, sage, rosemary, and basil.
Planter 2 is a little zestier, housing 2 habanero peppers, 6 cherry bomb hot peppers, 2 red bell peppers, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper and 4 cauliflower. One of these things is not like the other. I insisted on buying the cauliflower, whereas the rest are of Hubby's choosing- could you tell?
If you couldn't guess- this whole gardening thing is new to us. Its uncharted territory and we're doing a lot of experimenting this year. By next year, we'll be experts! more or less...