Need help starting a garden
I am relatively new to gardening, I've played around with a few tomatoes and beans in the past, but to no great success. Well, now with 5 children and a downturning economy I need and want to get into this seriously, but I really don't know how to start.
I have a 1 acre backyard and while I have no intentions of turning this all into a garden, there is plenty of room for a sizeable garden to get started. I have access to a tiller (several neighbors own them) and use of some slave labor (oh, sorry that should be child labor). I would love to be able to grow most, if not all of the basic vegetables we eat in this house (broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, maybe corn, lettuce, cabbage, beans etc.)
I guess what I am looking for is a mentor, someone who would give advice about getting started, when to do what and how much, how to find resources etc. It looks to me that in AL I should be starting in Jan for things like cabbage and broccoli and sprouting plants. Maybe someone would be willing to trade emails as I get started this first year and help me get off to a good start. If not I will just pester the whole group and see what wisdom I can glean.