Another issue, space. Though you do need space to grow a garden, there are many ways to work around a small area and still get some valuable produce. My yard is definitely not large, but I have utilized every nook and cranny to my advantage. Here are some pictures of how I have made the most of my space.
Here is the box. This is my lettuce and herb box. I did purchase my herb plants a couple weeks ago on a great deal I found , so those were not from seed.
~~~Tip, see that blue cup. It is filled with beer. Slugs are attracted to beer and will go for that instead of your plants. Great, especially here in the pacific NW, slug capital of the world.~~~
This is the far side of our yard. I have about a 1 foot growing space all around the outside and a 2 foot oval in the middle where my strawberries are
growing taking over. I started with 2 small strawberry plants 2 years ago and now that. I will be transplanting some onto my hillside after this season. In this picture you can see my beans. I made these fences for the beans to grow on by using cheap ($2) yard stakes and cut a roll of wire fencing we had left over.
This is the very far side, behind the strawberries in the previous pictures. These are all squash that I started from seed from the squash I purchase at the local farmers markets last year. When you seed your squash wash the seeds up good and dry them on a towel. It is best to use locally grown squash because you know they do well in that area. This is one section of my squash, the other are behind the tomatoes in the previous picture.
~~~Another great tip that you can see in this picture is the reddish tint you see all around the plants. That is Cayenne pepper. This an awesome, cheap and natural way to keep pests off your plants.~~~
And finally, Loralei's favorite part of the garden, the chives. Chives will come back every year, so once you plant them you don't have to replant. These are mine I started 2 years ago.