Last year we were very hopeful that our house would sell during the summer months. Even though we pretty much caused the housing crash in the United States (we put our house on the market the same week that NPR started talking about a possible mortgage crisis), we thought that the summer would be kind to us and we'd be on to a larger house. (Which hasn't happened yet, btw.) Because we were not planning to be in this house for harvest time last year, it didn't make much sense to plant a garden, right? So... we didn't plant one. That rectangular little plot behind the house lay fallow last season. No tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peas, sunflowers... nothing but a few weeks. Actually, make that a LOT of weeds.
This year we're still hoping (against hope) to sell, but we've taken the opposite tack. This year we've (finally) planted a garden. This week I've put in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon (do they actually grow here?), and onions. I may yet add peas and/or carrots.
Like I said the other day, we've had some nice rain here this week and temps have stayed pretty cool. Things are quite green. It's been a unique spring, to be sure. Very nice!
Josh, my little apprentice gardener, and I planted impatiens and begonias in the back flower beds that are mostly in shade. Do impatiens and begonias do well in shade? I hope so.