Organic Gardening

Under 2 hours

Start growing your own fresh organic vegetables in your own yard.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Pick a spot to plant

Select a spot in your garden with at least six hours of full sun a day.

2
Prepare the soil

• Clear off any sod or other growth covering your selected planting area.
• Use your shovel to dig up the sod, then use your garden hoe to smooth out all the soil once the unwanted growth is removed.

3
Enrich the soil

• Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic matter to enrich the soil. Consider using leaves left over from the fall or kitchen scraps.
• If you don’t have compost readily available, The Home Depot has a variety of soil amendments designed to improve the quality of your soil before planting.

4
Select your plants

Select your plants by considering what types of veggies you’re most likely to eat and share with friends and family, as well as what will grow best in your region.

5
Plant the seeds or seedlings

• Once you’ve picked your plants, decide whether to start from seeds or from seedlings that have already begun to grow.
• To determine this, consider if the growing season in your area is long enough for the plants to mature if you start from seed, and whether the vegetables will transplant well.

6
Regularly water the vegetables as they grow

• Most people plant their veggie gardens around Mother’s Day, but that may vary depending upon the climate in your area.
• Follow additional watering instructions provided on your seed packet or seedling containers.