Got my seeds started today. Going for leafy greens and legumes with some peppers thrown in this year. Also trying some Swiss Chard which I have never heard of. They look tasty! I just realized they look kind of like stuffed mushrooms lol!
I started my garden in 2011. I used (and still use) untreated cedar fence boards to make my garden beds. Raised beds is better in my environment, uses less water and it is easier to deal. Oh... You can cram a lot more compatible veggies together. The first beds were few. I was not adept at keeping any sort of plant alive, so kept it small. I also made my boxes 3'x3', easier to reach into than the usual 4'x4' size.