Why do you have a garden and what do you raise? How does it benefit you and your family? If you do not have a garden, why? Is it space, time, are you physically unable or just disintrested? I have a garden and have had most of my life. I live on a small lot in town surrounded by large oaks.... well maybe not so much, hurricanes have toppled several. Anyway, when I decided on a garden the narrow strip of hard dirt between the sidewalk and driveway in the front yard got the most sun, so that's where it went. Surprisingly, I raise a lot of the vegetables we eat. I use no chemicals, only organic methods. I dig my small beds with a shovel, compost, and then plant. It works out to 3 weekends of really hard work twice a year (spring and fall garden) and then maintenance the rest of the time. I open out paper feed sacks or use newspapers, weighed down by bricks, and cover the beds. I cut a hole in the paper and plant the vegetable plant. This cuts down on weeds and helps to hold in moisture. If I plant seed, I wait for it to come up and then lay strips of papers down. In the spring/summer I raise tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, zuchinni, yellow squash, bell pepper, bananna pepper, okra, basil, green beans, cucumbers, and then I usually try something different to see if we like it and will it grow for me. In the fall, I plant broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, lettuce, mustard greens, turnips, collard greens, garlic, cabbage and toss in something new to try. Because of space, I don't have 50' rows, but I get a lot of food which saves on the grocery bill. Plus it tastes so good and supper is picking what is ready that day, taking it in the house and preparing it. I even get enough to can, freeze and dehydrate for later. My green bean garden is 1' wide and 12' long. Out of 12 square feet, we have had green beans since spring and they are still bearing. Plus we have shared with friends and family. I am posting links to BYC's sister site, The Easy Garden. Go have a look around and join the fun! http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=33860 My sweet potatoes http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=33974 New potatoes http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=33864 And chicken composters! http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34465 What are you waiting on? Get outside and dig you a garden!!