Aside from the concept of the garden, what could be the first step in the creation of it? I mean I have an idea of how I'd like the garden to look but I don't think the soil is ready for any planting. We live on the east coast in Zone 9 and the soil is very sandy and the backyard is relatively untouched, the previous owners never did any yard work. It's currently just mowed over weeds, crabgrass and a couple of older trees.
The first thing I wanted to do was fence in the yard then start working on the garden but I grow inpatient, I want to get out and dig in the dirt! While we save for the fence and figure out what materials and design to use for it I'd like to get out and start working on the yard. Currently all we've done is keep the grass/weeds trimmed and the wild weeds pulled, but I don't know where to start. Should I rip out all the weeds and grass and get it down to bare soil? (I hate chemical weed killers would prefer to go a totally organic route to anything I do as I respect mother earth)
As I mentioned the soil is very sandy and on coastal Florida we are hit by hurricanes occasionally (we're about 10 minutes from the beach) so that's a concern as well. I'm sure this will mean we have some hard design choices to make but we're not about to let it stop us. Also due to the soil I'm not sure if we'd have to truck in some soil to mix in with what's here currently and I should probably get the soil tested.
In the end I'm sure there's a lot I could do I just don't know where to start, could probably get an expert to tell us what we need to do but I'm trying not to spend any money at initially. I'd like to go at this holistically using muscle and brain power, mediation and prayer. =)
I appreciate any feedback and help in what I'm sure will be my first post in many on this journey. Thanks in advance!