Well, it may be a little early but I am really excited to start gardening for this year. A little background: I am a young college student with my parents, we are living near Clemson SC. Have been here for over a year. We live on a little over an acre, it is mostly covered in tall trees so sunlight may be an issue, we plan on cutting down some of the sweetgum trees to clear up the sky a little and get rid of those ankle breaking squirel flails.
My dad was dead set on building boxes, but at a price of over $400 to set up just the boxes and soil I convinced him to let me try doing soil beds as described in the Mittleider proccess. I am not a very experinced gardener, we have done raised beds before with mixed success, mostly because we forget to take care of the garden. I did have the opportunity one time where a nice man let me plant 10 short rows of corn in his field in order to sell it all and raise money, it went pretty good and I made about $120 in sales, not bad for a teenage first side hustle. I am hoping to grow enough produce to eat from the garden every day and maybe sell at the local farmer's market, I am big into salads and greens but don't eat enough myself right now. I am also doing handyman work and blascksmithing as a source of income, not making a ton of money but enough for my own grocery bill and a a little into projects like this.
So the plot: roughly 40'x40' side yard, lined up with the compass. It is nice and flat except for the northwest corner which drops something like a foot over 10 feet.
The (Current) plan: ADLF here is first week of April, which means I have roughly two months to planting the first crops. I am going to till the ground at least 2 inches and try to clear out / break up all sticks, roots, and sod. Then I am going to mix in some partially composted mulch in order to add some organic matter and hopefully add enough volume to raise the entire bed up and inch or two and make everything level. I am thinking that shallow tilling a couple of times for the next two months will help germinate and kill the weeds.
I am planning on making 6 beds, about 36-42" apart, They will be raised a couple inches up and have 12" wide troughs for planting, whatever spacing the plants need but the idea is to have two rows of plants per bed.
This is a fairly big project and I am not sure how well everything will go yet, I am still deciding on a north/south or east/west orientation, any ideas =?