Since we have pretty short summers here in Portland, raised beds are great. Not only do they get the soil warm earlier and keep it warm, they also make amending and weeding the soil much easier. I've really enjoyed them this summer, even though it's been a weird one temperature wise with a lot of flux--chilly or insanely hot. The tomatoes seriously don't know if they're coming or going.
Although none of the nightshades know what the double eff hockey-pucks is going on, the greens are doing great. This dino-kale and lettuce mix were planted in a box which only receives a little sun and seem to be doing really well, although the chard is failing. You confound me, chard.
Here I present to you my first real haul (from yesterday). Not too shabby if you ignore the tomato quotient and the fact I let the zucchinis get too big. The dahlias really tickle my fancy, so next year I'll probably give them better real estate along with some other flowers and make the vegetables pay for their wrong doings.
However, the lemon cucumbers are abundant, cute and delicious, and they shall not be punished. There will definitely be lots of lemon cucumbers in the future.