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Hi Rebecca, Just note that your summer sun's track across the property will be different from what you saw today, and also the trees haven't leafed out yet. If you are clear of any shade from trees, buildings as much as possible, your garden will do fine, especially if you build your soil with compost, whether in a raised bed or not. Another note, if your new house has been previously gardened, and you just moved in last November, it might be a good idea to wait a couple of seasons to see what comes up, what might already be here and there. Just a thought.

Where will your compost heaps be?

Thanks suza! I know that the sun will be different in the summer, but I have a pretty good idea of how it will be different. The spot I want to put the veggies gets sun from morning through mid-afternoon now with the sun moderately low in the horizon. With the sun higher in the sky in the summer, it will only get more sun in that spot. No extra shade in that particular area to worry about, though that will be an issue in some borders.

As for waiting, I'm definitely doing that on all the borders and existing planting areas. I don't have any great plans for flowers except for doing containers of annuals for some color. I know there's some hostas around, but I have no idea what else might come up. It's kind of exciting!

But for the veggies, I just can't wait. I've been in apartments and before that dorms for so many years and I really miss the fresh veggies I grew up with. This is my year to start. :)

And our compost will be in the back corner of the yard. Right now it's just a big pile of leaves covered in snow, but I'll get working on it once the snow melts.

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