This is a decision year for my vegetable garden. (Well, really for me. I hate to think what my garden would choose if it could decide for itself. Rampant mint and lemon balm, probably.)
I wrote a post recently in my personal garden blog about how, as compared to the Derwood Demo Garden, my landscape of out-of-control weeds is like the Garden of Dorian Gray, except not so much stuck in a closet. The vegetable garden was a particularly shameful part of the general mess. I've done a little work on it since, but it's still not something I'd show off. What can I say: my soil is fertile, and the weeds take advantage if I look away for too long.
General distraction and laziness isn't the reason for making a decision about the garden now, however. I might reform. The first of the real reasons is that about half the garden is now in shade for a good part of the day (trees! Who knew they grew?). There are vegetables that will grow in part-shade, but dedicating beds to lettuce and half-strength leafy greens doesn't help with a) crop rotation, and b) summer.
So, what to do? We've put a lot of effort into the fence, but after expanding the garden three years ago I've never managed to develop the back half of it properly. I do have tomatoes in raised beds back there now, but they are a pain to get to with the black raspberries taking over the middle section of the garden. I'm fond of the trees that are casting shade on my vegetables. There's nowhere else on our half acre where we can surround a sufficiently sunny area with a fence, and we very much need the fence.
Perhaps the best solution will be to apply for a community garden plot for next year, and grow fruit in the fenced area (currants in the part-shade?), after subduing the weeds. I'll let you know what I decide.
Anyone else facing decisions about edible garden plots due to changing conditions?