I'm smiling at the image of the thrift store bras hanging off the plants, cradling cucumbers.
I'm working this year to expand our gardening room. We are on a small urban plot - maybe 1/10 of an acre? Our front yard is north facing and quite shady. Our back yard is small, fenced and in parts, very sunny. We also have a dog and small kids so need a bit of room not devoted to gardening for running around.
In the past we've done great with a bank of raspberry bushes that yields nearly a pint a day for about 2 - 3 glorious weeks at the end of June, early July, lots of herbs, 6 - 8 tomato plants, and a peach tree - - but I want more! My goal is ultimately to be able to comprise most of our meals at least partially from our veggies. This year I've decided to bite the bullet and tear up a perennial garden (I LOVE flowers) in the sunniest part of the yard, build it up with field stone (I'm looking on Craigslist for some deals), and turn it over to veggies. This garden will probably be home to bush cucumbers, pole beans, maybe 2 squash plants. I've also decided to put window boxes all along the back of the house, above the garden, and grow veggies in there. (I'm thinking kale and spinach, at least for the next few months, until the area might get inhospitably hot for them in the window boxes.) I looked on ebay today and saw some decently priced cedar boxes I might invest in. When it gets hotter I might transplant eggplant or peppers into the window boxes. Does anyone have experience growing veggies in window boxes? I wouldn't think it would be too terribly different than containers, as long as the boxes are sufficiently deep.
I'm pretty excited about this plan. I've started my spinach and kale seedlings in egg shell cups inside the house.
My hope is next year to begin adding raised beds along the "hell strip" (the area between street and sidewalk) along the side of the house. We live in an area where aesthetics are important, so I'm looking into a way to do this attractively, yet on the cheap.