It was quite bittersweet at Sweet Bee Cottage this weekend.
We had to say goodbye to a couple who has been at our house since we bought it in 1997. Sad times.
But sadly this couple had really overstayed their welcome. They drank all the water and then broke the pipes. They dropped their babies on the driveway and never picked up after themselves. They were even interfering in the very foundation of our dear sweet home. Really they were a nuisance!
But oh did they provide sweet shade during our blistering summers. They were so pretty during the autumn leaf season. They even provided craft projects from those afore mentioned babies. And did I mention that they were the shadiest trees on the block? Did I mention that our front yard is at least 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the street? Did I mention how much I am going to miss that glorious cooling shade?
But this could lead to some exciting times for the Sweet Bees. We've always wanted a vegetable garden but our yard is entirely too shady (front and back) to get any sort of crop. Our plan is to put raised beds along our driveway on the eastern side of our house and attempt to grow some yummy veggies (not candy corn and jelly beans as Worker Bee has suggested).
Now here's the dilemma.
How do we have this vegetable garden and still have curb appeal?
Do you have any ideas? Please share! I'd love to hear what you have to say and I will listen to your sage advice.
What vegetables should we plant? My dear Worker Bee is advocating for something called "square foot gardening." Have you any experience with this?
Do you know of any blogs that might be able to help with this?
Again, I thank you for any and all suggestions.