Vegetable gardening experts of the green, please help me make the best use of my back yard.
We've got a nice sized back yard, and I am determined to do a year-round vegetable garden with it, but I'm not sure the smartest way to do it. (We're in Louisville, KY, BTW)
Here are some pictures of the yard ... this is the view standing at the gate and looking toward the back
. This is slightly to the left
(with shed left in for reference), and here's what you see
if you step into the yard and turn 90 degrees left. All together it's a lot of space, much of it gently hilly (in the third pic, you can see that it drops off once you get to around the swing set).
In years past, we've done a small square garden in the spot in the third picture, just on the other side of the deck. It did okay, but not great, and now it's infested with nutgrass anyway. The area in the first picture, in front of the shed, that whole rectangular area stays damper than the rest of the yard, and the grass there grows roughly twice as fast as the rest.
So, what would you do, and where? We're determined to grow as much of our own food as possible, for as many months of the year as possible. I'd also like to do it in various aesthetically pleasing areas, as opposed to one big rectangle. Maybe with some paths between, chairs, other features. Gardening pros, if this is your palette, what would you paint on it?