Hi there neighbors! I'm Christine, wife to Pete, and Moma to 3 so far. We are a homeschooling family in Northeast Texas. We love it here. We just moved to Kaufman about 7.5 months ago, and we are having to move again! Long story - but the short of it is that we are getting a better place with more land! We have 5.5 acres here and less than a month will have 10! PTL!! Anyway, our first goal (while unpacking) is to get a garden started. I've been told that we can start a garden year round in Texas. I'm not sure what size to start out with. This will be our first attempt at growing anything outside of the "bean in a paper cup" experiment. But, I've got 2 of my big kids to help and a DH that is WONDERFUL, so I'm ready for anything. We really want to make a garden big enough to produce a GOOD harvest for fresh veggies, canning and preserving the rest (a new skill I'll need to learn). So, my question is: how big is too big the first time around? What is a good size to start out with knowing that we will have lots of help for maintenance? I'm really looking forward to the boards!! Sounds like my kind of place - I get caught up on this type of board on Sonlight.