We have been trying to successfully grow a garden for literally years.
One thing after another came up. First we tried to deal with our extremely heavy clay soil, and after a few years we tried a Pallet Garden. The basic idea is to fill some wooden pallets with good soil, and by-pass the poor soil you have now. Bingo! You should have a much better harvest than you have had in years past with the terrible soil that you have tried to grow in previously! Let me tell you, that year our garden stunk. All my plants grew long, and scraggly, and we got pretty much nothing. But we did spend a lot in water to keep all our poor pitiful plants alive! The problem was that our plants could not penetrate though to the soil underneath boards, and thus, had only a few inches of topsoil to grow in. Needless to say, the next year we went back to our clay soil, and got our regular so-so harvest.
Once we moved, we tried Square Foot gardening by Mel Bartholomew. It has worked wonders for my sister-in-law's garden, so we figured we would give it a try. The only thing I did differently, was that instead of 6 inches of soil, I used 8, and I swapped perlite for the vermeculite. Unfortunately, last year we chose our garden spot where it got a max of 4 hours of sunlight. This year we moved our garden up into the one place that we got enough sun. The chicken pen. We did put a high wire fence around it, and you know what? We have had no problem with insects!
BWAHAHA! No pest can get past the chicken guard! Our garden in PEST FREE!!!!!!!
Sorry, I hate creepy-crawlies, and I'm super glad I don't have to deal with them anymore. At least not in the garden. :)
Any-hoo, this year our garden has TAKEN OFF! This year we planted potatoes, corn, beets, carrots, melons, cucumbers, and summer squash.
In all of our gardening years, this has been the best yet! I can't wait to see what God has in store for our harvest!