Like Laura, I too did not pick my house for it's garden potential, though I do find myself looking at houses that way now, especially those for sale. Also like my good friend, my house has many pros and cons for gardening, not all real estate related.
- I had a great southern exposure fenced in area with a large reflective wall at the north end that I wasn't using for anything.
- I have other areas in my secluded back yard that also have amazing southern exposure, perfect for container gardening. Some folks, like my brother, have their front yard facing south, forcing them to create neighbor beds.
- My garden area gets plenty of full sun to grow just about anything this climate will allow... 8-10 hours a day during the growing season.
- What the wonderful Pacific Northwet doesn't provide us directly in rainfall, I have access in my garden area to a torrent of rain to fill my rain barrels (project still to be completed).
- If I want to create some neighbor beds, I have access to about a 20'x20' area where I could expand in front.
- My garden area is severely limited, though maximized at about 150 SF including containers, just over 10% what Laura has to work with. Even with intensive gardening techniques, I just don't have the space to put up much for the winter.
- My lot, though sizable at 1/4 acre, is pie shaped with the small tip in the back yard where my garden is, and a great deal of shaded space in the front yard.
- Though I could technically expand my garden in my back yard, I have 7 and 4 year old boys that need a place to play, and their childhood takes priority over my garden. The potential for my side front yard to be used by the kids as they grow is why I haven't expanded to that 20x20 area.
- I too have very tall trees along the property line to the south that block the low winter sun from my garden for most of the day, limiting the potential for year-round gardening, though it hasn't stopped me from trying.
So, in keeping with Laura's concept of what makes your garden good or bad, feel free to let me know! And if you're not a reader of Kitsap Freedom Gardener's blog, it's amazing and beats the pants of mine.
Enjoy your garden!