This year I decided to grow a few herbs and some cherry tomatoes in pots right next to my back door. This way when we're cooking, we can just stick our head outside and grab some basil or whatever we need. And making a quick salad no longer requires a trip up to the garden for tomatoes.
My garden is about 150 feet away from my house but it's not the walk that I'm trying to avoid. It's the fact that once I get to the garden, it's hard to leave. Let me just pinch these suckers on the tomatoes. Why don't I pick up a few of these apples and put them in the compost bin. Hmmm, my poblanos have fallen over, better get a stake. You know how it works. There's always something to do in the garden. Next thing I know, my wife is sitting at the dinner table with a tomato-less salad and I'm in the dog house.
This is my first year trying out this simple kitchen garden idea and so far I'm a big fan. I should have tried this sooner. Tomatoes and herbs are now at my fingertips with no walking in the heat of summer, no way for me to get distracted and start building more raised beds at dinnertime and no more dog house.