I like to read Rangers very good advice on outdoor growing; the man has mucho experience.Some of his answers are often specific to his climate where rainfall is never when he wants. For those of us who live in areas where drought or mudslides aren't a problem, here's a few common sense ideas for outdoor site selection. Look around the area. Is there a lot of farming going on? If yes, the soil is pretty good. If no, that means the soil sucks. Or you can do the kind of major excavations which Mr. Danger is fond of in his crappy clay soil. If you're in quality soil you can avoid all the backbreaking labor and soil ammendments. Land near streams or large bodies of water is called "bottom land" by ag types. We would call it primo. Why take up fishing? Because when you walk into remote areas carrying a 5 gallon pail full of stuff you look like you're going fishing. Don't forget to get a fishing pole AND A LICENSE! Game wardens are LEOs. Use the pail to carry stuff in and out, and use it to water your plants. Sit on it while you fish. Don't plant too close to the water. Real fishermen will stumble across it, or worse, when the heavy rains make your little stream look like the Columbia River you're going to be SOL when you're darlings wash out to sea. When you get the munchies, eat the fish.