I have wanted to grow a little garden for some time now, and after reading these posts from Crazy Aunt Purl and Lovely Little Things, I'm feeling inspired. I'd like to grow tomatoes and maybe some sort of squash in addition to an herb garden in my window box (which currently, sadly, contains dead plants at the moment). I would really like to use the small patio space I have for this, so that I don't have to always go down the stairs to check on my garden...although that might just be supreme laziness on my part. I might need to step it up and go down the stairs, because the top of the stairs is not all that spacious.
The plan is to head to a nursery and tell them about my crazy, over-sunny yard and see what they suggest. My basil tends to live a pretty short life, and the lemon verbena and oregano died quickly as well, and I don't want my tomatoes to suffer the same fate. I've thought about getting a little umbrella to clip on to the edge of the window box just to protect them from the direct rays of the sun. Is that crazy?
Any thoughts or suggestions on starting a small garden in an even smaller space with bright and direct sunlight all day long are much appreciated :)