I’m a fan of the no-dig garden bed and have used this layering method to start new beds as well as replenish existing ones. It’s extremely effective and you can plant in a no-dig garden bed right away.
If you use herbs and salad greens in your everyday meals, it makes the most sense to grow these crops closer to your house.
Having a taller raised bed means no more bending and stooping over your plants, and being able to catch weeds, pests, and diseases earlier because your plants are nearly at eye level, making it easier to spot problems.
Though most of the vegetables we love to eat are annuals (or treated as annuals), adding a few perennial crops to your garden means you’ll have access to more food with little to no effort, since they’ll come back every spring.
Many people aren’t aware there are varieties that are specifically bred for arid climates, and you can often grow these into the heat of summer.