Hi, welcome to the team. With limited space and 5 people in the household raised beds or at least some form of wide row gardening is definitely the way to go. Since your say your already a couple of weeks late you may want to try container gardening for your spring crops this year while you prepare an area for your warm season crops.
Thanks for the post info about the mag. I used to subscribe but I definitely will check out the latest issue. I use Lasagna gardening when I have the time and plan ahead to start a new bed. It takes a while.
I second Square Foot Gardening, even if you haven't got the space :) The Apr/May 2012 Vegetarian Times mag has an article on Container Gardening 101 and speaks of vertical gardening (teepee, trellis); it could be a nice platform from which you could expand your reading depending on what you feel you need to learn. You can grow just about anything if you get the right variety, one that can strive in small spaces. Check at your library. Another method I have read about is Lasagna Gardening, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
this is the link that was offered with the VT article:
Welcome Sarah! There's a lot you can do with limited space. Consider raised beds and containers. Check out the book "Square Foot Gardening" or just go to a website like Better Homes and Gardens for ideas. Gardeners Supply Catalog even has all kinds of kits, but if your fiance is handy; it's cheaper to build your own. Even Home Depot has corners you can buy to slip boards in to.
Try getting your children involved with planting pole beans around a teepee made of poles cut from branches or made of bamboo. Once the beans grow they have a place to crawl in to and play. Also anything grown up a trellis takes up less space i.e. pole beans vs bush beans.
As an organic gardener you won't have to worry about your children going out and picking cherry tomatoes (or any other vegetable),to pop in their mouths fresh from the plant and even if they don't enjoy gardening now - you're teaching them a valuable skill.
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Welcome to the team! Gardening season is just starting for most of us. I've just seeded some lettuce indoors and hope to start a few more things this weekend outside, at least some sugar snap peas and some carrots. I'm hoping to learn how to get my veggies earlier this year. Cheers, Birgit
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Hello! I'm fairly new to organic vegetable gardening, my first was last summer. I was pretty relaxed about it, didn't measure anything other than with my feet, kinda guessed at stuff, etc. so we had three different kinds of corn, were short on tomato plants, and a groundhog ate all of our bean and green bell pepper plants before we could get the fencing up. I for two days, I would literally stand watch and chase the giant furry enemy from our yard!
Anyway, I recently moved and am starting a new garden where I live now. We have a little less space, which is disappointing, but I'm still excited to get started--only 2 weeks behind this spring!
I have three children, two boys and a girl--ages 13, 10 and 4 (my daughter is 4). I try to include them in the gardening, but their interest is limited. The boys helped maybe three or four times last summer. I doubt I even get that from the teenager this year!
My daughter, on the other hand, went out with me daily. She had her own little patch of dirt (what she called her garden) that she would dig in while I worked in the garden.
I have a wonderful fiance who is almost as excited about gardening as I.
I hope that I have something offer here, because I have a lot I'm sure I can gain!
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