We have had two predicaments in the past...hilly ground and lots of shade.
Hubby, being the handyman he is, along with his dad's help, leveled out a place in our backyard with compost and railroad ties. They also cut down a tree that was blocking the sunlight from our garden spot. We now have a level spot that gets about 6-7 hours of sunlight. Perfect.
When planning what we wanted to grow, we took into consideration what we purchase the most from the grocery and/or farmers market as well as what types of veggies I want to have on hand to make homemade baby food. We also decided to go organic with our veggies of course.
When planning on the layout of our garden, we honestly just used my hubby's knowledge. He's good like that. We purchased the plants from Wal-Mart, as well as purchased some seeds from our local farm store.
We spent the day on Sunday afternoon tilling and planting our garden as a family. Such fun!
We decided to plant:
On my deck, I'm also growing lavender, cilantro, and parsley.
Someone even enjoyed planting from afar, getting her feet in the dirt, and eventually snoozing in the shade. :)