|Can you spot the edibles? Hidden in the landscaping are basil, cilantro,|
oregano, watermelon, squash and tomato plants.
I'm on my fifth season gardening and it finally sunk in: The pride and joy of my summer harvest--the illustrious tomato--will never thrive in my backyard garden box. Never. There just isn't enough* sun.
Undeterred, however, I started this season by scoping out the places on our property that do get enough rays. And you know the best location? Smack dab in our front yard.
|Tucked in amidst the shrubs and gardenia bushes you can|
see some of the nine (yes, nine) tomato plants and the
lone zucchini. If T didn't object, that tall yellow shrub would
be gone in a heart beat!
The result? So far, the best damn tomato crop I've produced in going on five years. Miracles, people!
|Our neighbor's front yard garden.|
So, if you're stuck with a shaded backyard like me, consider moving the show out front.
*Apparently this is a common gardening problem, underestimating sunlight hours.
|In the empty space, I've planted a few watermelon seedlings. I may also tuck in some beet and radish seeds.|
|Trying some natural slug/snail repellent around the basil.|
|A pretty little miracle.|