I am going to show you the world's smallest vegetable garden filled with the most stuff. It's my temporary vegetable garden. Temporary being until I can convince my 14-year-old daughter to relinquish "her soccer field" portion of the yard for a larger and permanent vegetable plot. Well, for now this one is quite simplistic and really small (13' x 14', I measured it). I'm showing this photo not to showcase some great vegetable garden design, which it is not, but to say, "Hey, anyone can stick in a vegetable garden somewhere in your yard." Unless you have solid dense shade or have no yard. Most of us have some sort of sunny corner to grow some salad and vegetables.
I got to tell you, I'm really having fun with this tiny, rather sad looking little garden. It is so jam packed full of stuff it will be a veritable jungle farm this summer. I forgot how fun it is to cut fresh salad greens each night for dinner while spying on the seedlings springing from the earth. I planted dozens of seed packets this weekend, from soy beans, hutterite soup beans, Mitla black tepary beans, Tendergreen bush beans, Bull's Blood beets, Brune d'Hiver lettuce, Kurota Chantenay Carrots, True Platinum sweet corn to name a few. These were all organic heirloom seeds from Seeds of Change. I love their seeds! Heirloom seeds mean that these seeds can be used again from this year's crop and really need to be to keep the strains going. The black beans were used by native Americans and the Hutterite beans were brought over with scandinavian settlers.
When you see a "hybrid" seed, that seed has been bred to produce that particular type of plant one time. The following years' seeds will be offshoots from the different parents of that hybrid and won't be true to the original hybrid plalnt. It's really fun to use heirloom seeds because there is a sense of history (and there is a history to each seed) in each plant. Plus, if you're thrifty you can collect seed from this years' crop and replant them again next year.