Alright for those of you who wanted to see how our backyard garden(s) works here you go...
Main garden. This is the garden we've had since we first bought our house although it slowly gets a bit bigger. On the left is our totally classy and fancy temporary "green house" for the tomatoes and peppers. So far it's working like a charm. There's another cold frame in there as well housing more spinach, swiss chard, arugula, radishes, and of course more carrots. Behind that we've got onions, garlic, peas, and both green beans and dry beans.
We started the tomatoes and peppers in the house early this year and we've already got some decently sized tomatoes growing and tiny little peppers.
The kids garden. Just big enough for them each to plant 3-4 rows of whatever they wanted. We seeded that late this year but it's doing good so far. (Main garden is just on the right side there)
Here we've got three haskap, or honey berry bushes, and two Saskatoon's. Those were all just planted a month or so ago so it'll be 2-3 years at least before we get any real production out of them.
And here's the reason we have mini fences around all the gardens... her and the three kids of course. Anyway she's standing in front of the raspberry bushes. This is their third year so I'm counting on a good production. Last year we got quite a few berries but more enough to just go out and eat a handful a day than to actually preserve for later on in the year.
These are our grape vines. There's three of them with strawberries scattered around the bottom. This will be year two for the grapes.
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.