After a quick trip to a garden center (compost, soil, turning fork, rake, flowers), I dove right in.
The 2 small plots we have in our backyard make up about 80 square feet or so. There's a 4X8 above-ground space, a 6X7 in-ground space, and one more small 1X6 in-ground space. Since I've started growing, I've mixed in lots of good soil and compost to try and fix up the "natural," and somewhat toxic, Brooklyn soil.
This year, because we were away, the area had grown over pretty well. The first step was to pull out the larger stuff and turn over the whole plot with my new fork. Fun!
After doing that, and seeing some nice brown soil, I mixed in a few big bags of compost and clean soil to rehab the ground a little bit. I was given a couple tomato plants and a pepper plant by a friend, so I put those in the ground to get started before I hit up the local farmer's market this coming week to pick up all the rest of my potential crop.
Here's how it's looking:
|It'll be tomatoes on the right, and peppers and greens on the left.|
This year I'm planning on lots and lots of tomatoes, some bell peppers, and as much leafy greens that I can fit in the space I have left.