I had limited success and then I read Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening and decided to give his method a try.
I built a 4 foot square raised bed as Mel described in his book and planted beans, southern peas and tomatoes. The tomatoes were a success, but the beans and southern peas did not produce very well.
This past spring I built the raised beds pictured below and planted green beans, butter beans, southern peas, cucumbers, okra, peppers (bell and jalapeno) and lettuce. Much better success with the raised beds.
I know I have lots of work to do on how to write and layout a blog, but I hope to be able to post more shortly.