I recently bought a home in South Jersey, and will be starting some extensive gardening in the spring. The previous owners didn't do much, but previously had a pool which basically killed and resemblence to a lawn that my yard once had. The soil throughout is very sandy, and almost full sun during the day. Also, from the back of the yard up to the house most of the yard slopes down. I'd say across 10 - 15 feet the height drops 2-3 feet.
My first thought is to dig down at one end, install some railroad ties and level out the location I am setting aside for my garden. I can dig, and level some land out, but I am concerned I may miss some useful, and important step in this process. Plus since I am starting with a blank slate, why not do it right and really set it up to be a nice area for a vegetable garden?
I also have 2 dog's, one a Husky, and another an English pointer. I am sure it will at one point be a concern to keep them out of the Garden. My initial thoughts on this subject is surrounding the garden with a series of rose bushes. which would discourage them from entering, but I am not sure if this would actually effective and I should just get a small fence to keep them at bay.
My plan is to grow lot's of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and whetever else grabs my attention when I go looking for plants to fill my garden.
If anybody has any suggestions I'd love to hear them