Taffy, sorry to be vague. I am looking to turn a small portion of the hillside into a vegetable garden. I sacrificed most of my flat "yard" to a fenced area for the dogs & chickens, so I need to get creative. I don't want to build up too much infrastructure, as I eventually will want to use most of the hillside for pasture, but a few raised beds won't take up too much room.
There is currently no terracing in place, and I don't have any experience with it so am not quite sure what to expect in terms of how hard it will be. Would love to see more pictures (thanks, Delfina!). The property itself will provide all the rocks we could ever want for retaining walls, it's just a matter of collecting them all!
I've lived all over the US in the past 10 years, but having a vegetable garden has always been a constant for me. I miss the hot humidity of Louisiana (man, the tomatoes there! Plus, having a huge lemongrass plant right outside my door made for some great cooking), but most of my gardening experience has been in Zone 5. The veggies we love to grow include: tomatoes, beans, lettuces, garlic, shallots, cukes, carrots, and a couple of squash and pumpkins. I try to find heirloom varieties and like trying out oddball old-timey seeds from places like Baker Creek & their newish acquisition, Comstock Ferre
(I like that it's based in New England, helps to find heartier varieties that will make it in our region). I've also had great luck with Fedco
in Maine-our local conservation district has a plant sale fundraiser every year, and brings in a lot from Fedco. I'd like to try asparagus for the first time now that I'm actually living in a place I know we'll be long enough to be able to harvest it! We also have a pretty good kitchen herb garden started.
In addition to the veggies, I'd like to eventually do some blueberries, though that might be next year. I am extremely lucky to have a lot of really productive red and black raspberries well established on the property- if I can just get them before the chipmunks and birds this year!
These pictures don't really show you the full grade on the hill; to really see it, I'd probably have to go stand at the bottom and take a picture facing up the hill, but that's tough with all the snow right now.