Is this too much for a begginer?
Planning to buy 2 of the "Double Bed Gardens" from Greenland Gardener and stack them to have a 16" high 3.5x7' garden. That will give me 21 sq ft--with an extra 6 inches in which I will add mini marigolds along the edge.
Here's what I'm planning:
1. Basil (sweet Genovese)
2. Basil (lemon)
3. Thyme (lemon)
4. Thyme (regular)
5. Flat leaf parsley
Sweet GA onions
Sugar snap peas
Tomato (small variety)
I already have about 10 of these--most of the herbs, plus the broccoli, lettuce, and sweet GA onions.
I've got mint and oregano already spreading around the back yard, along with savory, Spanish lavendar, and rosemary. The only other thing I would plant outside the box would be zucchini.
Is this too much for a rank beginner or do you think it's doable? I'm planning on trying to make a trellis per the SFG book for the tomatoes, pole beans and peas.
Will plan to remove lettuce and broccoli and probably dill when it gets too hot--or make some kind of shade for them. (The spot is full sun.)
Oh, last question: I was quite relieved to read that if you raise the bed, you can fill the bottom with sand--but how do I have the squares for potato and carrots have extra soil without having to do the entire thing? (The book kept saying see this or that chapter for more info--but there wasn't any more info.)
Wait--2 more questions: Is 16" high enough to keep rabbits out? We've got a problem with the critters.
The other problem is poor drainage in our back yard. (The extension service actually used photos of our backyard as an example of a place that really needs water gardens.) Think that I need to place the entire thing on bricks first--or will the lower 6-8 inches of sand be enough?