Hello all, I'm new here and newish to gardening as well.
When it comes to gardening experience I used to help my parents (in the manner all small kids help their parents) in their garden, which is really not much. I also had a garden the last two years with varying success. In 2008 I had a pretty successful garden, I had to pull up a few concrete sidewalk blocks to do it...but It was ok.
Last year we moved into our own place and my garden was a near failure. I removed the sod, did a bit of shoveling to mix some soil mix into it, and had almost nothing grow.
Lately I've been looking into a few things; raised beds, compost, gorwing veggies a more organic way. That sort of thing.
I know what I want to grow, and I have a better idea at what I'm doing since I've done some reading, but I'm stuck from there.
Here's what I'd like to grow:
potatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, peas, swiss chard, tomatos (roma, sweetie, beefsteak), squash (butternut, spaghetti), rasberries, strawberries, saskatoons, nanking cherries, maybe some others...
I'm thinking having a few raised boxes...probably two in the front yard, maybe one in the back this year but I'd like to have some stepped ones in the future.
Here's the problems. I'm mostly broke (who isn't, lol), have 2 disconnected smallish yards, no where to put a compost pile, and little gardening experience. Oh, and I live in edmonton, ab. Our last frost is supposed to be the middle of May. I have started some seeds, but I'm not sure what I need to start inside and what can go straight outside once there's no more frost.
Basically I'm looking for information. Will my seedlings grow without lights? I have them near a window, but far enough away they shouldn't get chilled. What's a good way for a beginner to start? Does the square foot gardening work? Os there a better way to use a small space?
Thanks in advance for your help!