Learn how to plant a vegetable garden from start to finish
What You Need
TOOLS & MATERIALS
• 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.
• 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.
• Water the soil only when it’s dry ½-inch below the surface.
• Fertilize as desired or follow the seed label instructions.
• If needed, place garden stakes 6 to10 inches away from the base of the plant.
• Insert them carefully to avoid damaging the roots.
• 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.