We moved to our BOL about a year and a half ago and for various and sundry reasons I didn't put in a garden last year. But there were no excuses this year. We've had gardens in the past, but always started with seedlings and starts. This year we're going from all heirloom seeds. One of our neighbors raises rabbits and quail and he gave us a bunch of their poop. The rabbit poop had some straw in it as well. I still want to add some Happy Frog soil conditioner which has bat guano and worm casings, etc. We're going to start the seeds this weekend and I'll get the conditioner in the ground as soon as I pick up a few more bags. Then we'll cover the garden with black plastic and let it cook for a while. I'm delighted to be among similar minded folks and will be mining this site for the wealth of information it holds. I took a canning class a couple of years back at the local Ag. Extension and hopefully we'll be doing some canning at some point.