Alright for those of you who wanted to see how our backyard garden(s) works here you go…
This is looking off our deck to the side. Once upon a time we had an old storage shed where the rain barrel and compost are and the rest was a dog run. It’s now all food producing. The box had a cold frame lid on it this spring. We’ve got spinach, peppers, kohlrabi, beans, zucchini, and carrots in there. It doesn’t look very big but it’s a decent sized garden. We’ve now “trained” (or left her no other option) the dog to do her business in one small area which also makes for much easier clean up.
Cold frame number two has carrots, overgrown completely gone to seed spinach (which surprisingly still tastes fantastic and not a bit strong) and more carrots again on the other side. We really like carrots. This cold frame was seeded last September, the spinach grew until about January then had a break for a couple of months where it didn’t grow but didn’t die either. Once it warmed up in March we got a bunch more growth. Carrots on the left were seeded late February and carrots on the right about mid-end March, they are basically the same size right now.
As you can see we still have a lot of green space. We’re lucky enough to be on a culdasac which gives us a pie shaped lot so we have a decent sized yard. To the left Travis built a small workshop for all his bow building and other woodworking projects. He’s also got a decent sized garden shed and we still have room to park our tent trailer and van. On the back side of that back fence we’ve also planted a blackberry bush, along the alley. In our front yard we just planted a honey crisp apple tree as well. We’ve got some flowers in a front bed and lots of chives but thanks to a massive pine tree we can’t plant too much in the front yard.
So there you go. We’ve still got more than enough playing room, a huge picnic table, clothes line, fire pit, and lots of grass but we’re able to grow a significant amount of food too. I know the lawn will get smaller and smaller as the years go on but I’m okay with that.