I made a kind of drastic move a couple of weeks ago. Our foundation used to be hidden by shrubs, the kind that are of no benefit to wildlife and need pruning otherwise they look awful. The back side of our house gets very, very hot, because it faces southwest. What better place, I thought, to grow heat-loving tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. So out went the shrubs. I called the man who mows our lawn and as luck would have it, he could deliver and spread 3 yards of lovely soil/compost mix where the shrubs used to be for just $20 a yard. A week later, the new soil was in place, awaiting plants. In another stroke of luck, this was just at the same time the soil finally warmed up enough to make tomatoes happy. So I bought a bunch of heirlooms and some paste tomatoes too, because I do love to make fresh pasta sauce. They should do well here, because it gets so darned hot. Just at the edge of the bed, some sunflowers from last winter’s bird feeding and some of my beloved verbena bonariensis are coming up. I have left little markers here and there so no one weed whacks them by mistake.
So I’ve gone from a hot, non-productive spot to prime veggie growing beds. So glad I did this! In case you were wondering, the shrubs are buddleia “Blue Chip,” a compact cultivar.