We have lived here for 5 years now, and gardens are not something we have been successful at. Our first year we did a garden out in our back yard...way out in the back behind our garage. We actually saw only one zuchinni, that was then eaten by some animal. Needless to say, we felt defeated and didn't try the next year. Last year due to the over abundance of dear that live just out past our back yard, we decided to try planting the garden directly behind our house. It worked quite a bit better, but was still a small and so so on the successful scale. This year we decided to try Square foot gardening, I think more because our neighbors have done it for years and have great success with their gardens. Luckily, they built a fence around their garden this year and donated their "box tops" to us to ward off the various animals (about a million of them!) We are really enjoying all of our little gardens! here are our peas (sugar snap and sweet) beans, and tomatoes.
Vanna and beans, squash, zuchinni, and peppers
Spinach and lettuce
And last but not least, our carrots, that will never get thicker than pencils due to Brents planting method (put as many seeds in a container as possible)