After much himming and hawwing, I've decided to transform part of my backyard into a vegetable garden.
As if I don't say this enough, my backyard is tiny - 50' x 20' - and only a small portion of it gets 6+ hours of sunlight even when all the old trees fill in overhead. That's where I currently have a small perennial garden bed, and where the previous owners put in small patio that houses the water hose, a small shed, and the exit from the kitchen.
What could be a more perfect location for a vegetable garden?
I walk out of my house and there's my dinner; the water source is there so I don't have to lug hose slung over my back like a sherpa; the small shed will keep the hoe, the pruners, the tomato cages ...
Right now, I container-vegetable-garden on the patio because of it's constant sun. But I'm running out of space for pots and last year I found that I was forced to put them so close together that they didn't do as well as they should have.I don't have a lot of room for sunny perennials, and I like this cute garden bed (the Triangle Garden),but to be honest, I can't enjoy it. There's no place from my house or yard where I can enjoy this space. So ... tough decision, but I'll find new homes for these plants.
Now, we have plans to re-side the house next year, so I'm not sure if it would be prudent of me to do this this summer.