Time Required: Under 2 hours
Start growing your own fresh organic vegetables in your own yard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.