Actually it is going pretty well. Iowa soil is so great, it almost seems a crime not to have a garden. The issue was that our yard is sloped and not well suited for a conventional garden. I always thought of doing a raised garden with a couple of beds. Nathan was able to get some boxes from old shipping crates for free at work and they worked great for the beds. We ended up with nine beds, each approximately 2 X 4 feet. Enough that I think that I will get enough produce for us and some friends.
We have tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, various herbs, beans, squash, peppers, eggplant, and brussel sprouts. We did not plant corn. We have access to plenty of corn in the summer, living in Iowa and all.
I am also slowly working on planting some flower beds around the yard. I have great ambition, but limited time. I do not want to start something and then let it get weedy. We ripped out the barberry bushes along the sidewalk beside the garage and I started planting there. I am trying to put in as many perennials as possible so these will be more permanent fixtures in the yard. I originally wanted the bed to be only yellow and green, but saw some nice red and yellow flowers and changed my mind.
It looks a little sparse now but I do not want it to be so large that it interferes with the sidewalk.
There are some nice lilies in bloom that we did not plant.
I also focused more on the pots on the front porch than the hanging baskets, which have never flowered well on our porch. I went with some basic ferns. I got a surprise last week when I took down one fern to water it. A family of finches had moved in.
When we first discovered them, there was only two in the nest and they had just hatched. Now they are starting to get some feathers.