A few summers ago, I had my hubby build me a garden box. We did it in the backyard around a small tree. There were several reasons why people said this wouldn't work. For one, it was under a tree. Two, it was under a tree and the tree would take all the nutrients needed for the garden. Three, it was under a tree, therefore it would not get enough sun. Four, it was too small and it was under a tree! Well, I'm here to tell you that for the last few years I have crammed that baby with veggies (I plant my seeds waaaaay closer than the recommended spacing). The previous home owners here had a horse. So each spring, I take a few big scoops of horse poo and toss it into the dirt. Great fertilizer. It thrives. Well, it did thrive. This year, the spring was cool, and by the time I got around to buying seeds for my garden, the stores were sold out. So I've turned in into a strawberry patch this year. I'm hoping by next year I'll have strawberries coming out of my ears. Wishful thinking? I dunno.... the last few years, all the garden pessimism has not stunted it's growth! It seems to say, "I'll show them!"