WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
• 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.
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.
• 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.