I’ve never done this before, but I’m not a stranger to gardening. I’ve done some landscaping in my life and have raised herbs for cooking.
I want a small vegetable garden in my backyard. How large of a bed should I need and should I put it in a full-sun spot or a shadier area?
Keeping in mind that this is a small garden, what would be the best way to dig it? I’m not afraid to do some manual labor — in fact, I like it. What tools will I need to till the ground? There’s only grass there and the soil may be clayey.
I’d like to grow some herbs like rosemary, mint and basil. I’d also like to have strawberries, tomatoes, garlic and a few other easy crops. What others would be good for beginners?
Also, if there are any decorative flowers or plants that would make the garden look nice as well as functional, let me know.
I live in USDA hardiness zone 6b, meaning the average temperature 0 to -5 degrees F.