It's time to be planning next years garden and in the process I ran across Mel Bartholomew's book on SFG. I've also gone back and read previous posts on the subject. It sounds like such a good idea, maybe too good, which is why I want to ask about the downfalls of it. The SFG way of planting for items not preserved in some fashion really makes sense but what about those of you who want to preserve peas or such? Did you find the yield to be enough to bother with? Was the garden 'that' easy to take care of? Our regular garden is about half an acre not including sweet corn. DD moved out during the summer so it's just two of us now. Every year we've had way more than we can use but not enough to sell so it's time to make drastic cuts in how much we grow. Next year the sweet corn, potatoes, cabbage and pumpkins can stay out in the big garden but I'd like to move the rest up to where we usually grown tomatoes and peppers only. The new area is about 20x60 with some room to enlarge. What are the best and worst points of this method? What kind of hints and tips can you give me to help be successful? Any and all input you guys can give me would be great. LisaBug On the edge of zones 3 and 4.