Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: Learn the basics of planting a garden, from planning out and designing the garden space to choosing the best vegetables to grow in your area. Gardening advice from
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Ready to start your first vegetable garden? The three essentials for an easy vegetable garden are: Full sun (at least 6-8 hours) Convenient water supply Good soil Add some basic supplies and you'll be off and growing. X Marks the Vegetable Garden Spot Ideally, prepare your garden bed in full sun (minimum of 6 hours of direct sunshine in the spring and summer). Just because a garden spot gets strong sun at noon it might not get 6 hours worth. Good soil is the source of nutrients for your plants. Now is the time for a soil test, to see if you need to amend your soil with key ingredients. For detailed information on soil testing, check out our video and article. It's All About the Soil The young roots of vegetables need loose soil so they can spread out fast. Break up the soil in your new garden area with a broadfork or a tiller. Soil is not just dirt, it's an active ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, and macroorganisms that encourage and interact with the roots of your vegetables. To enliven your garden soil, add compost, which is full of living things. You can make your own compost (see our video and article about how to do that), but if you need a fast supply, we have compost ready fo