DH and I bought a home in the country last year and I am planting my first garden here. We spent yesterday building temporary raised beds (temporary since I don't know if I'll want them in the same location next year). I have spent the entire winter reading books, reading the gardenweb forums and talking to friends who garden, asking lots of questions and taking lots of notes. From all of this, I have developed a plan and am following it carefully. I am using the SFG method of planting, but I'm using the lasagna gardening method for filling my raised beds. I realize that this may not work, but really I figured this first year is all experimentation anyway. If things grow, I'll be happy. If nothing grows, I'll have learned some valuable lessons, so nothing lost, right?
My issue seems to be friends and family who feel the need to "correct" all my plans. I know they're just trying to be helpful, but I'm the one who's been reading all the books and doing all the research. What I'm finding is that it's mostly people who are stuck in the long, skinny row type of gardens and can't possibly understand how this type of garden can work. Do you run into this or is it just me? I'm trying very hard not to get my feelings hurt because I really believe they're just trying to help. But it sure gets old when one hears that phrase "Oh you can't do that!" 10 times a day! :)