Never did any gardening as a youngster. The ground surrounding the house we lived in when we were married and for the next 25 years could grow only one crop and that was ROCKS! You could not jump on a regular shovel and get it to drive in all the way with out clanging off several rocks. I did have a few tractors that were used for plowing the driveway and pulling the wagon around the acre.
When we bought out here at the lake we worked up an area with part of a farm drag and my Ford LGT, then planted some pumpkins and corn. Pumpkins got big enough for the grand-kids to enjoy and the raccoons enjoyed the corn immensely.
Fast forward to now, our 30ft x 60 ft garden is fenced with 5 foot tall welded wire fence with 2 foot of chicken wire at the bottom. Our garden seems to grow anything we try very well. It is not big enough and we will probably end up adding some this year. We were given some hybrid raspberry plants last spring that took root well in the garden and produced some thumb sized berries in the fall. We still grow sweet corn and pumpkins, and have added tomatoes, carrots green peppers, and green beans to our regulars. I want to try some potatoes, lettuce, and radishes this year, and am looking forward to the weather allowing us to do so.