Let me be the first on gardening tips. We have a medium sized vegetable garden, it is about 60 X 80 ft. We plant, potatoes, broccoli. cabbage, peppers of all kinds. I reserved one section for horse radish, of which we can't get enough of. I also plant Italian garlic in the fall for the next years harvest, we also use elephant garlic which is not actually garlic but is in the leek family. This garden is used for the larger crops that are canned or frozen for winter use. In addition to the larger garden I have two raised beds that are close to my back deck so we can give them more attention. The beds are 8 X16 ft X 12 inches deep. These we refer to as salad beds, in these we grow leaf lettuce, green onions, radishes, spinach, actually we use a blend of spinach and different lettuce seed along with domesticated dandelion that doesn't get flowers and the deep root. I also plant specialty peppers like the habanero for my hot sauce. The beds contain equal parts of leaf mold, sand, and sphagnum moss. They are also amended with compost and ground leaves. We can also add vegetable table scraps and 12 - 12 -12 fertilizer and an occasional lime application. The beds produce really nice carrots and parsnips, and the more problematic crops. We can go out and water these without leaving the deck. It also very easy to walk down and get fresh vegetables for the table. We also raise herbs in boxes along our deck close to the barbie so I can get to them easily. Chives are a favorite, also garlic chives, in addition to most common culinary herbs. We have several large containers we use for tomatoes that are at hand when we need them, it is nice to walk out 25 feet and pick a fresh tomato for the table instead of going down to the main garden. My wife does the flower thing and I do the other gardens, if it doesn't have a flower on it, she isn't interested. Actually we work together to plant and harvest, in the fall we can the produce together. She pampers her flowers and she makes it very beautiful here.