If you have children, I wholeheartedly recommend starting a garden. It's the most amazing thing to watch children move through the planting to harvesting cycle. You don't even need a very big one to have a big impact. We've recently been harvesting Brussels sprouts and artichokes. Amazingness!
There are a couple ways we fit gardening into our crazy-busy lives:
- Our raised beds are in our front yard, which means we are forced to pass by them and notice them every day.
- We have automatic irrigation--it changes everything! Here's a kit that might work well for a raised bed.
We put so little into our garden in terms of time and effort and yet get so much out of it. I highly recommend it!