What I did yesterday:
Planted a greens patch! I got inspired by Rachael about a million years ago (in April, you know, about the time most folks are planting their backyard gardens) and haven't been able to stop thinking about this little square foot garden since.
At the time I'd come to terms with my own gardening limitations. I love the idea of a garden. I often have garden fantasies. We have a nice side yard, a big back yard, and an even bigger front yard which are generally all wasted by J-La's and my gardening insufficiencies. Every few months I get a bug up my butt (like yesterday) and either go to the garden shop to pick up some plants for the tiny patch I dug out of the front yard, or I throw some bulbs around (which I stockpile for just such occasions).
So this square foot garden kept creeping into my brain. Rachael had done it in a day! I could do that! But... if/when it all went bad, then I'd have this THING to remind me of my folly. At least when my gardening in the yard goes Pete Tong, the yard is kind enough to take over, making it easy to forget my failings. No wooden box saying "um, hello!?" to me every time I walk by or look into the yard. But the idea festered, all while reading books on gardening and cooking and the like. Evil cycle, but there it was. Magically, J-La seemed into the idea. Not so much HIM doing any gardening, but the idea of ME doing gardening. Being a wood fella, he even offered to help with the construction. And there you have it, our little plot of leaves in about 4 or 5 hours.
What we've got so far: Italian parsley (J-La's choice, he got to pick the contents of a square as a fun reward for helping!), arugula, and a heck of a lot of kale. Six kinds, I think. I love kale. To come: oregano and basil, which I started from seed on the windowsill of the kitchen a couple months back, thanks to Lisa. That leaves three more squares to fill. Since this smidge of yard gets sun most, but not all, day long, I'm leaning towards lettuce. Nothing that needs 8 hours of direct hot sun, like tomatoes, since that ain't happening back there. Any recommendations for garden bits that don't need tons of sun are welcome! Vegetables or cutting flowers or herbs (something for the mouth or something for the eyes).