How to turn our Urban backyard into a garden?
We live in the city, Lexington, KY and we have grown tomatoes and cucumbers, but most recently tried growing everything from seed. I even tested the soil which was approximately a Ph of 6.5. Some things grew and others did not. I had some problems with pests and rodents eating the plants and vegetables, but we do not want to spray pesticides, etc. that would be harmful to the land. So the garden was not very fruitful.
It is now January 2010 and I am already thinking about getting the garden ready. We want to be as self reliant as possible. How do I successfully start growing a garden from seed? When do I need to start? Where is the best place to get my seeds? Is there anything I can do make this a more successful year?
Sorry for so many questions. Any help/direction you could provide would be extremely helpful and most appreciative!