So yesterday I got some organic tomato, bell pepper, onion and cucumber seeds started in some small seed pots with organic soil. We plan on a garden but right now we are focusing on the chickens and this year I just plan to do a container garden. I need some tips, I honestly don't have a green thumb and even though I helped my dad in his own raised bed gardens growing up, It still just doesn't come naturally to me. I also have started a litle herb garden and have cactus and a aloe plant that are doing well Anyway, back to the vegetable container garden, do you have any tips or suggestions for me? I will probably just buy several 5gallon buckets and replant into these but I might look around for more attractive containers. I also would love some tips on how to get started with our own compost? My father just digs a hole into the ground and throws in his raw left over foods and uses this, but is their a better way or just other ways I would love to learn! I hope by next year we can actually plant our own garden, I've already picked out a spot and a friend told me of a tip of buying wild bird see and throwing it in this area so the birds will stay around and poop on it and help it along? Would love to see pics of others container gardens, compost bins/piles and any help or suggestions you can offer to a complete newbie! I would also love to start some flowers to replant out front, we have only been here since November of 2012 so I look forward to making use of the land we have and making our outside look nice.