Hi everyone I just moved to the Missouri Ozarks...been on our new land 3 months....10 acres...all trees....red cedars on the front 5 acres...oaks on the back half... This is completely undeveloped land...only thing here is our new house our new pole barn and our well... I trying to plan out my garden. I have a good idea where I want to put it. No matter where i put it we will have to push out some trees. i want to start small and probably will have to do raised beds because of the clay soil. There are only three of us...no need to plant big...yet. That being said, my first questions are...how much distance should I put between the garden beds and the trees?..this will give me an idead of how big an area I should clear......is red cedar mulch OK for a vegetable garden? what about using red cedar in compost? I'm trying to get a compost pile started also. Can you compost fairly well without one of those bins i see for sale? What would you do to keep it from blowing away in the wind or losing some to rain run off? As you can tell, I'm VERY new to this, but trying really hard to learn. You all seem like a great bunch to learn from. i've also thought about tapping into our wash water to use for irrigating the garden...has anyone done this...any thoughts?