Garden space isn't an issue for me. We have 3 acres of land for me to play on so I choose to use a portion of my old garden site. My original garden was approximtely 5,000 square feet of raised beds. In a way I hated to abandon my old way of gardening because it took me many years to get this old hard clay transformed into decent garden soil.
After several trips to different stores I found all the material I need to begin.
My first bed is for strawberries only. All my beds are 12 inches deep with the first six inches being 100% compost for the local land fill. My ladybug beds are 4 ft wide and 5 ft long. Every bed is set on several layers of cardboard and topped off with landscaping material.
Last year I was very successful with container gardening of flowers around my house. I decided to plant my herbs in pots so I could over winter them inside this year. My theory being, having fresh herbs all winter and saving the expense of replanting next spring.
After lots more web searching I discovered these homemade earth boxes. I decided these would be perfect for my tomatoes and I wouldn't have to be concerned with using up the extra space in my sqf beds. It took a couple of weeks before I got all four built and planted but I really like the way they fit into my sqf garden.
So far things are doing well. I'm enjoying the results. I must say though, I'll be glad when all the construction process is finished and I can concentrate of planting and harvesting my garden.
Hopefully I'll be able to make weekly posts to share my progress. In the mean time, I'd like to thank all the folks who post to the gardenweb forms who answered my questions and gave me the extra encouagement.