A little background: we moved into this house (our third) in the dead of winter, and I hardly paid attention to the backyard (because I didn’t want to walk around in the rain to check it out). I’m not sure if seeing the yard would have changed my mind, except I would have realized there was no chance for a veggie garden unless I wanted to stick it in the front yard! Our first two houses had bright sunny backyards full of flowers, with big veggie patches. This house was chosen for the neighbourhood rather than the yard and hubby and I figured we’d get to changing things to our liking sooner rather than later. But then life took hold and we simply had no time or energy for what needed to be done. Besides, we had a big swing set and a trampoline for the girls, so there wasn’t a lot of room left over.
Fast forward, our girls are now grown and the swings and trampoline are long gone. I have time on my hands. I start thinking about having a garden again. In 2011 we put in the flowerbed along the south fence and a narrow garden with a few blueberry plants alongside the house. We added a small plastic frame greenhouse (where the current wooden structure stands in the photo); just a little something to start a few plants in and extend the growing season for a few potted tomatoes. That fall a massive windstorm picked up our little greenhouse and turned it into a pile of pick-up sticks. Spring 2012 hubby built me a much more solid greenhouse and I took it upon myself to extend the garden with plans to grow more than just tomatoes in the greenhouse. This would have been fine, except for the fact that my oldest daughter and her boyfriend brought over heritage tomato plants that they started from seed. We assumed that maybe half would survive to produce fruit, but (and here’s the crazy part) – 98% survived! Twenty-nine plants and all that entailed was craziness. After running out of pots, soil and garden space I adopted a few plants out to neighbours but the rest stayed on and thrived in our garden. Good thing we all love tomatoes!
2013 is my year for better organization and a garden expansion. You can follow my garden adventure in my blog. See you there!