I'm lucky to live in a climate where you can start gardening in March (February if we're lucky). This is after we lived in Montana where the growing season starts late and ends early. I was able to have a successful backyard garden for a couple of years while we lived in Montana. Heck, one year I grew corn. Yep. Corn. The plants didn't grow as tall as they would have if we lived in Ohio or Iowa but they still developed ears and tasted sweet.
Now that we live on Whidbey Island outside of Seattle, the growing season is more forgiving. Aside from big juicy tomatoes (just not warm enough here), I can grow a whole host of awesome vegetables and get things started early. I planted my small garden on April 1 and already carrots are starting to emerge, along with brussels sprouts, onions, and potatoes.
To build our little garden (10'x6'), we repurposed several items from the backyard, which is going through a facelift. Our garden is in the front yard while we work on backyard. In the small space, I have been able to plant a kitchen garden:
In a nearby tub are more leeks and lettuce. I also planted lavender, rosemary, and oregano in a flower bed along with strawberries. Phew! Lots of plants!
So if you are looking to start a garden and the whole thing seems daunting, here are a few tips:
There are many other tips I will provide as the growing season progresses. My garden is in the baby stages now and I'm looking forward to a fruitful harvest. Now if the crows would stop digging up my onions...