my dad had a garden when i was a kid- oh probably every year. he has always been the outdoorsy type. he owned a rototiller and i remember watching him till up huge gardens and plant and plant. we always had lots of veggies. then- i grew up and moved to the bustling metropolis (uh huh) and found that store bought veggies, by and large, suck. if you buy store bought, it is either tasteless or spoils instantly because it's shipped. so- last year i got the brain storm i would porch garden. it actually worked out quite well for me- except that my beans got some kind of blight. and the yield wasn't as high as i would have liked- but i packed too many plants into each pot. so- i learned what to look for and learned a bit about what works. now, my big thing is to eventually be self sustaining with growing, canning and freezing my own veggies. you can can without salt or much sugar- depending on what you are canning. the salt really only adds flavor- and i can add that while cooking.
so- i am pretty much starting from scratch- and i know that my dad always tilled- but i don't have a tiller (will rent one)- so i thought i would look into no- till gardening. so i did. and i think that i will probably till this year- and start the process for a no-till garden in the fall. by then- i will have had a crop and i will have lots of nice compost to put on the top. the bin i used last year worked ideally- but is too small for my needs. i purchased a compost bin from target- it is a decent size and reasonably priced and is made from recycled plastic. you can only order it online though. so- i will have compost ready for spreading on in the fall- and next spring- i will have the start of my no-till garden. perfect for the plants and little wormies and other creatures :) hopefully, the rabbits won't eat my lettuce. i live in a small urban city it is true- but it is on the verge of forests and wooded lots and whatnot. i may not have to deal with woodchucks- but i may get some rabbits. we'll see.