When we moved in, the only real request made by the landlord was "Please keep the lawn green". Other than that, we have carte blanch with the yard.
However, that pretty much precludes a garden, because digging up the lawn and planting anything definitely does NOT fall into the category of keeping the lawn green.
So we now have six rather large pots, surrounded by smaller pots, all filled with dirt and new plants. We got tomatoes, artichokes, tomatillos, herbs, rhubarb, swiss chard, all the good stuff.
Dammit, we WILL have a garden!