When we rented this house we negotiated full rights to make the backyard a veggie garden (or “Vege” patch as they say here). We have to put it back to grass before we leave, but for now it serves a useful purpose. With the warmer weather the zucchini and cukes have started their bounty and I’m guessing that the tomatoes will come into their own in 3-4 weeks. This soil seems to need more fertilizer than I’m used to (to be fair, I haven’t used compost like at home). My other steep learning curve has been with something as simple as watering–the plants need a lot more watering than at home where it’s more humid and where we get rain more frequently in summer. It feels great to not purchase every bit of food we consume, and with Jeremiah’s recent hunting successes the freezer/fridge is feeling more bountiful.