Project Guide

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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PLAN FOR GROWTH
PLAN FOR GROWTH
  • Review the weather patterns in your area and decide what time of year is best for vegetable gardening. This will vary depending on your climate and seasonal rainfall amounts. 
  • Next, choose where in your yard to plant the garden. Make sure this area has good drainage and receives a full six hours of sunlight on clear days. 
  • After you’ve chosen the right space, pick your seeds and plan where they will go. When planting vegetables, leave 2 to 3 feet between each plant for optimal growth.
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DIG AND PLANT
DIG AND PLANT
  • Begin digging and turn soil with a shovel to break up any large chunks of dirt. Remove any stones and roots with a sod cutter, then mix in fresh garden soil
  • Prepare the hole with a hand trowel, making sure it is at least two times deeper and wider than the plant container. 
  • Use the trowel to position the plant into the soil. Read the instructions on your seed or seedling package for the correct depth. 
  • Lightly cover the base of the plant with the surrounding soil. Do not mound or pile on extra dirt.
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WATER AND FERTILIZE
WATER AND FERTILIZE
  • Water the soil only when it’s dry ½-inch below the surface. 
  • Fertilize as desired or follow the seed label instructions.
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ADD STAKES
ADD STAKES
  • If needed, place garden stakes 6 to10 inches away from the base of the plant. 
  • Insert them carefully to avoid damaging the roots.
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START A MOBILE GARDEN
START A MOBILE GARDEN
  • To make your garden mobile, use a five-gallon bucket as your base. 
  • Drill or punch 10 to 15 holes in the bottom for excess water drainage. 
  • Fill the bottom with roughly 2 inches of gravel, then top with planting soil and plant your seeds. 
  • Plant 2 to 3 seedlings per bucket, and move them (as needed) to accommodate their sunlight needs.
  • Complete your new vegetable garden with decorative garden edging.