I am moving soon and our new place has a nice niche for a vegetable garden which is out of sight from my husband. Since most of my plants die i am forbidden to do my gardening where he can see it and am only allowed plants that I either have seeds for, can "steal" from family and friends, or can otherwise acquire free of charge... However since I have lost my job and am looking for alternatives to feed my family I am determined to make it work this year, with research and all.
Here some details: We live in Windhoek, Namibia (Hardiness Zone 9?). The space I have in mind is behind the garage ca 2mx3m, receiving afternoon sun. I intend to go scavenging for a shade net which I want to pull from the garage to the fence on the other side. My soil options are sieved river sand, horse manure & compost.
The plants I am want to start out with are:
Veggies: Tomato, Bell peppers, Cucumber, Pole Beans, Potato, Onion Lettuce and Carrots (all stuff we use on a weekly basis in the kitchen)
Herbs: Chives, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Dill, Sage, Peppermint.
Flowers: Sunflowers, Cosmos, Enchinacea, Camomile, Marigold
The herbs and flowers I guess I can plant all over the garden, or in pots on my porch.
The Veggies I plan to mostly plant in old, thoroughly cleaned 20ltr paint buckets (I have 5 of them) or 7ltr water buckets (they were on special at PEP for N$10.00). Maybe I will build a raised bed from pallet wood.
My question is: Did I choose to many veggies for the 1st time? Did I chose something that might be a bit too advanced, is the 2 x3m space enough? Will the flowers even if planted 5 - 10m away attract enough bees?
AND; why does my chive only grow in very thin grass like strands scattered all over the pot and not (like my sisters) in bushy little bundles?