veggie newbie -- all advice welcome
Hi! I'm near Valley Forge Park. I'm a not much of a gardener - all I have are my rather neglected foundation plantings. But I'm determined to have a small veggie patch this spring.
So I just laid down a 3x8 "lasagna" compost bed in the yard, I think it's called (newspapers/peelings/hay/mulch) and hope that by spirng it's going to be a ready to plant bed.
My 3 questions are these:
1) Advice on where to get plants in spring -- should I stick to the nurseries like Oaks, Colonial Gardens, etc or are there other sources? On my wishlist are okra, little eggplants (asian or heirloom), tomatoes, garlic, some kind of string bean, some kind of leafy veggie, small hot pepper.
2) Is 3x8 big enough for that? I don't want to be too ambitious.
3) I want to get a couple of blueberry bushes. I'm wondering if it's better for me to plant them beside the foundation hydrangeas & forsythia across my veggie patch (convenient for watering), or in a completely different part of the yard since birds will be attracted to the blueberries?. (Actually there is a part of the yard that tends to stay wet after it rains -- would that be a good spot or should blueberries go on well-drained sites?)
Thanks in advance for any help or tips!