I've been communicating back and forth with my host family in Japan.
We recently talked about a picture that I sent involving my backyard and my host mom used the kanji 庭（にわ） which means garden or yard.
My yard actually has a garden in it though. Is she talking about the yard as a whole or the garden in it? Is this an ambiguous case? How would I ask if she meant the garden explicitly or the yard as a whole?
EDIT 0: In the US, yard typically means the region in back of a house, whereas garden typically means a region for growing food.