i've just moved out of new york city and I'm getting ready to start my first garden. i obviously have a ton of questions but i'll start with the basic ones.
1. i need to find a spot in my backyard. we're going to rip up grass and start the garden there. any idea how big of a space i need? we're planning on planting tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and maybe one or two more vegetables (my kids are helping to pick them!). we also want to do a small herb garden (basil, etc) but i don't know if that has to be there or if i can/should do that in a container.
2. I'm going to send the soil out to be tested because i know there tends to be some heavy metals in the soil so close to the city. anything else i need to do to prepare the area of the lawn? rip up grass, put down more soil?
3. we're trying to pick a good area of the lawn...we've been watching the sun and it seems like there's a good area of sun from about 9am to 3pm in one area. is that good or should there be more sun? or sun in later hours (until 4 or 5?)
4. the kids really want blueberries so i though we might get a couple of blueberry bushes. i know they take a few years to grow fruit? is this just a bad idea?
I'm sure i'll have more questions soon! i did a search and i'll go check out some books that were recommended.