Since this is my first entry, and I've done quite a bit to the garden this summer, I'll do a quick summary.
This year I've added roses to my garden. So far, so good, considering they arrived very late from Jackson and Perkins (late June), and right before a vacation, so they didn't get the TLC I had planned on. So far, Don Juan is my favorite, with Memorial Day and Sheer Magic coming in second.
I also planted some dinner plate Dahlias, which I hope will overwinter as my others have. It's a risky business here, my sunbaked backyard seems to be a microclimate or 2 warmer than our Zone 7.
Began harvesting some seeds (hibiscus, cosmos, zinnia, celosia) for the first time also. I'll test them soon and see if they are good!
Waiting on the results of a soil test for the veggie garden.
Tomatoes: Awful this year, so need to figure out what I can do to help them. Maybe grow in pots on patio next year.
Corn : Avalon great out in full sun, Mirai not so good (too small, worms get half), in part shaded area next to fence
Soybeans: good, better in full sun with lots of water. Stake next year. Peppers: good, could really use more sun. Neighbors trees getting big :(
Snow peas and sugar snap peas: GREAT this year. Kept them picked and watered, and that made all the difference.
Melons: Learn your lesson! They take up too much space and do poorly in my small raised garden.
Basil: Start earlier
Potatoes: we'll see
Peanuts: should be interesting
Question: what can I grow in the veggie garden that would actually like afternoon shade, and not mind debris from neighbors crape myrtles?