I've seen quite a few gardening posts from wonderful bloggers like Adrian and Amanda, and I can't help but be a bit jealous. I haven't tried to garden in my backyard because we have a ton of trees and it's mostly shaded. But after doing a bit a research, I've discovered that I can have a garden! Leafy vegetables like arugula, bok choi, kale, lettuce, and spinach do better in the shade. I've really wanted to grow blackberries too, but have always heard that they absolutely have to have full sun. Not true! They'll grow anywhere, but produce more fruit if in full sun.
So, my garden planning has begun. I've started a little compost bin to put my food scraps in. Hopefully I can get some nice rich soil from it. As far as clearing out a spot for my garden, I've got a lot of work ahead of me. Minus all the leaves I'm going to have to clear out, our soil is crap. It's super rocky (so much so that there's a rock quarry right down the road from us). I've also got a lot more research to do about growing from seeds, tilling, watering, pest control, bed building, and so on. I know it's a lot of work, but to be able to grow my own food would be absolutely amazing!
If anyone has attempt gardening in a shaded area, please let me know the results! Or if you've got any other words of wisdom, I'd love to hear them!