Anyone else grow a garden? I'm going to start my first one this year. I've been doing a bunch of research on how to set it up, place it correctly, and make it flourish. I ordered a 'starter kit' of non-gmo, non-hybrid, Heirloom seeds of multiple varieties, and the place I ordered it from also sends along some 'noob' stuff which is why I ordered it here. A dvd on how to save seeds, when to plant, soil test kit etc etc. Garden Kit There's a few in there that I likely simply can't grow due to geographic location (I don't think things like cantaloupe or watermelon will grow well up north) It's a bit pricey, but if I do it right and they aren't crap, it's the only purchase i'll EVER have to make, rotating my seeds in and out for each season from my own crop. I'm looking into getting some sort of pump to use my properties river water to water it, instead of chlorinated/etc tap water. Will need about 200' of hose though as the river is in the front of the house and my garden will be in the back yard. I'm also considering getting a simple gutter for my shed and a bucket system for rain water collection. The shed is 'uphill' from where i plan to place the garden, so gravity should be all i need there. I saved a lot of leaves last year to compost. The snow has just melted off them this week and i'm planning to 'turn' that over and water to get it finishing up. I also have last couple years compost/leaves/grass from my river border where I blow them in the fall. It's all rich dirt at this point. I will probably also get a bunch of top soil bags from the local tractor/etc stores. My back yard is fully fenced in already, so i shouldn't have too many issues with animals (at least larger ones like rabbits, deer, etc) eating the crops. My biggest concern is beatles (have a lot, will need to grub kill my lawn this year) and birds (especially if I grow the corn) as I have a ton of crows and robins. I don't think squirrels will be too much of a pain. I've scoped out a portion of my yard that gets the most sun and am working out how i want to order them (shorter crops in front, taller in rear) and how to stagger planting so i don't have 324234234342 tomatoes ripe at the same time. And plant positions to they don't lean towards the sun and fall over on their own weight. We just got snow again yesterday so it's still early for me here, but within the next month or so, i'm going to hopefully have something going to grow my own food this year. Anyone else grow a garden?