The following day my husband stopped on the way home to pick up a flat of flowers and herb. I was not specific in my instructions other than marigolds, petunias and herbs. I figure he has been helping me around the gardens long enough to have a good idea what I like. He brought an assortment of marigolds, deep purple petunias, thai basil, purple basil and lemon basil. Apparently my comment that one can never have too much basil has not gone unnoticed :)
Buying plants if you don't have the chance to start them yourself is still a good value. A cell-pack of vegetables usually ranges in cost from 99¢ to $1.29 for 4 to 6 plants. A flat usually holds 48 plants and ranges in price from $10 to $15. A $100 budget for annuals, herbs and vegetables can buy a lot of plants!
Work has already started in the herb raised bed. The herbs there already look great so it was a matter of working up the bed a bit after weeding then stringing the grid. Then that bed was ready for planting as well. So really under 2 days of a bit of work and it wasn't difficult or time consuming work the beds were in the progress of being planted.