Okay, I have lived in Southern California most of my life, with a small amount of time in Illinois as a child.
I decided to try my hand at a garden this year, not that living in So Cal is any excuse, let's just say I had never gotten around to planting one. I really dont have the space for you is another excuse. But this year, Steve built me a 4 x 8 frame and filled it up with potting soil and told to "go for it". I thought this looked pretty cute and I added a few rocks and fun things, never realizing that what I planted could cause a few issues.
What I started with were 2 tomato plants, 2 jalepenos, 2 chili peppers, 1 bush bean plant, 6 lettuce plants, 2 strawberries, 1 watermelon, and 1 cucumber.
The first issue is someone sent out a memo that "we had planted a feast in the yard" and within 24 hours one of the chili peppers completely disappeared, along with 3 lettuce plants.
We talked to the local garden center and decided that since I have a 6 foot fence that I had a "rodent problem", we put out traps and caught a couple in the act.
That issue was taken care of.
The next issue is the lettuce is pretty bitter and no one in the house will eat it, and we took out a couple of those as well. Weeks have gone by now and the garden is growing nicely and we had our first jalepeno pepper last night (sorry no photos). But in my naivety the cucumber and watermelon were spreading out of the planter and across the patio.
This is the 2 tomato plants and bush bean...do you suppose that next year I should space my garden out more? Any help in this area would be so greatly appreciated!!!