We started the garden on a whim. We dug up the grass, bought chicken wire to keep out the gophers, erected a small fence to keep out the wild rabbits, then bought fertilizer, water and seeds.
The plants came up willy-nilly, in no particular order. First, the radishes erupted, followed by two straight rows of zucchini (thanks to seed tape), interspersed with crooked rows of five kinds of peppers — Habanero, Jalapeño, Serrano, New Mexico and bell. Here and there a stalk of corn emerged to shade a head of lettuce at its base. Clumps of cilantro crowd the basil, the basil pushes against the thyme, and the tomatoes are everywhere. There are three kinds of tomatoes, including tomatillo.
For a few years we subscribed to the Tierra Miguel CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), but growing our own garden is a lot more fun. We planted exactly what we wanted.