Herbs and Sprouting Seeds: Spearmint's clean, crisp flavor is ideal for adding to salads, desserts, and drinks. The pointed, deep green leaves are glossy and appealing, but this is also an invasive perennial, so keep its spreading shoots in check. Sow: Early to late spring Harvest: Late spring to early fall Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil Sun or Shade: Partial or dappled shade From DIYnetwork.com
Cilantro Cilantro for Leaf A lush, leafy annual, bred to yield several cuts of spicy leaves, rather than seeds. Sow successionally every six weeks to ensure a constant supply and keep plants well watered to stop them from rapidly running to seed. Sow: Mid-spring to early fall Harvest: Early spring to early fall Soil Preference: Well-drained soil Sun or Shade: Full sun
Parisian Carrots (55 days)...A great little round carrot that is a nineteenth-century French heirloom. It "excels in clay or rocky soil where other carrots have problems developing properly". They say it works great for containers.
The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.