This picture shows my carefully chosen plot of land– it’s near trees but far enough away to not be caught in their shadows. In the right background, you may be able to see the compost bin, purchased from the municipality.
Because I am creating the garden plot in a grassy area, I have covered an 8′ x 12′ rectangle with cardboard and rocks (to hold the cardboard down). The “plan” is that the cardboard cover will suppress growth underneath. I’ll then try to loosen the soil and remove old grass. As the land is very rocky, I’ll be building containers and adding soil. Precisely how this will be done is yet to be determined.
My guides are two books:
Starter Vegetable Gardens, 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant (2010, Storey Publishing)
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew–I have the 1981 edition on loan from the public library–there is a more recent edition that has benefits and drawbacks, according to reviews on Amazon.com.
In upcoming posts I’ll describe my planting layout, container construction, soil choices, compost choices, and how I’ll be warding off neighborhood rabbits.