Before the next season came around I was ready for it to turn warm in January. Over the Winter I had planned to section off part of the yard to grow. I needed more space. I bought more seeds which I started inside. This time, in addition to the normal staples, it was beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers, oh my. As the ground thawed it was time for me to break in a special shovel I bought to removed the grass in nice squares. I would replace the soil with top soil form the lawn and garden store and till it all in. Again, absolute amazement. Despite a few setbacks, like leaving some cucumbers on the vine too long, it was a very productive year.
Not to be outdone, I determined in the off season that this year was going to be better than ever. This year I added the rain barrel to the guttering on the house. I composted during the off season and used that dirt. I added new plants, like peppers and zuc. I had learned what needed space and what didn't. So, I packed them in where I could. I bought books on natural ways to get rid of critters.
However, there is one lesson I still haven't learned. Leave a cucumber on the vine too long and lose the whole plant. Yes folks as of today, I learned again........the hard way.