Comment: First, take your address off

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First, take your address off

First, take your address off of the net. Not trying to be rude, but who know what the wrong people could do with that info these days.

My responses will be out of order from your message.
Second. Can you grow veggies in your front yard? No a 4x4 won't be able to support the weight of the dirt in a raised bed. Instead of the expense of raised beds, try buckets. A lot of grocery store bakeries will give you their rmpty frosting buckets for free. That will save you money on wood for the raised beds and dirt to fill the beds with as you only need to fill the buckets. Plse with the buckets being about a foot tall, it raises them up so that you fence height won't be as much of an issue.

Don't worry about poor soil, you would be surprised at how the desire of plants to thrive can overcome poor drainage, etc. Instead of chopping down the trees, can you trim them way back or chop em down and plant dwarf fruit trees.

Get some chickens too! 3 or 4 can be raised very inexpensively and your table scraps can supplement their feed cost considerably. Plus their manure is great fertilizer once it has had time to "cool" off a little.

I use a very inexpensive drip watering system here. I saw you were in Virginia, so maybe this doesn't apply since you get a lot more rain than I do. We average about 7 inches a YEAR. Anywho. The drip watering saves a significant amount of time that I used to need to water things properly.

If you have any moe questions, pm me and I will just give you my telephone number and we can discuss things in a more time efficient way than pm's and emails.

Most of all, have fun!