Where to Start
When I decided to start a garden this year, I knew the first step would be finding the right spot. I figured there were three main points I needed to consider;
Location- It had to be convienient to the house so I could access it easily
Sun- It had to get plenty of sunlight, the majority getting eight hours a day, but some spots could get as little as three
Chickens- I really wanted my chicken run to encompass most of the garden for bug control
Because the chicken coop and run were already established in the backyard, I knew I wanted the garden in that area. The problem was that the run was on the north side of the house. We watched carefully and determined that even though the area I was considering was on the north side, it was still getting plenty of sunlight. So step one, check! We had a location. That's when we ran into problem number two. There was a very large tree in the middle of my future garden. After a lot of deliberation, we decided to take out the tree, mostly due to the fact that it was too close to the house anyway, and a bit of a fire hazard. So my wonderful husband got out the chainsaw, and down came the tree.