I love the idea of growing fresh food for my family. My mom and gramma grew veggies when I was growing up and I remember going out and picking cherry tomatoes off the plant to eat (even though they were still green) and how good fresh garden carrots taste.
I am looking for some help and guidance please!! I have a yard in the city, so not a ton of room for a garden. I could also plant veggies in with my flowers along a fence (light would be south and east). I guess what I need guidance with is what I should plant to start off with (what is hard to kill??) and how should I go about building a bed? And how much room do I need? I am in Calgary, Canada. So the weather here is very dry, and the nights are cold even in the summer. Oh, and we have a short growing season. Also, my soil is VERY sandy and I have a HUGE ant problem in my yard (there are several different little colonies in the yard, in the garden, in the drive way, everywhere!!) and nothing seems to get rid of them. Do the ants make it hopeless? I don't want to use chemicals to kill them, especially if we are wanting to grow food in the soil, and I did plant marigolds last year but those were only very marginally effective!
Also, if anyone has good book recommendations, (I did see some in another post, but wondering more about area-specific since we have such a hard climate for gardening) it would be appreciated!