I recently moved into a new house and it has 3 garden beds in the backyard! I'm fairly new to the practice of gardening and I was wondering what advice you all might have in terms of getting it going ASAP! The thing is, I'm moving out in May and will have to leave whatever is in the garden with it, so I was wondering what I could possibly plant into an outdoor garden bed (or start in the garage in a tray) that would yield by April/May. I was thinking leafy greens (kale, lettuce, spinach, chard) and perhaps carrots or beets. I only say these because I looked through a seed catalog and saw some varieties that would all fruit 30-60 days after being planted. Since it is cold I was thinking I'd put bubble wrap or a simple tarp over it, and heat it up with hot compost I will be making from kitchen scraps, leaf mulch and existing compost. I'm also starting a work bin (mainly for fishing bait, but I'd like to add some to the garden beds.
The beds are roughly 8x3 or so, the soil is pretty silty/clay-y, and I'm located in Forest Grove, OR, just west of Portland.
Any advice? Also, I'm on a pretty tight budget, so the cheaper the better!