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Getting Started with Food Gardening

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Vegetable gardens are beautiful and practical additions to any garden. Whether you're growing in containers or have an expansive plot for rows of crops, cultivating your own food is fun and satisfying. Here are steps for planning, preparing, and planting a vegetable garden.

Edible gardening is satisfying and healthy.
Photo to right: Chris Price



The basics: how to plan and prepare a site

Like the rest of your garden, a veggie gardening takes a little planning and knowhow. For the greatest chance of success, be sure to:

Healthy soil is critical for healthy food crops. Photo: unsplash, Ellefson
Healthy soil is critical for healthy food crops. Photo: unsplash, Ellefson

  • Choose the proper site – It doesn't need to be huge, but be sure it's sunny and easily accessible.
  • Create a plan – Whether you're building raised beds or tucking edibles into your ornamental beds, it pays to map out your plan. Short on space? Containers work great for many edibles.
  • Prepare your soil – Edible crops flourish in healthy soil amended with compost.

Decision time: what do you want to grow?

A planting calendar is a veggie gardener's best friend. Why? Because timing is everything when it comes to food gardening. To plant and harvest at the correct time, refer to the planting calendar that best describes your microclimate:

Planting time: how to grow and care for edibles

Plants are like people: each one has its own personality. To get to know the needs of your food crops, refer to the growing advice below.

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Vegetable plots and raised beds provide satisfying and healthy additions to any garden. Photo: Marybeth Kampman
Vegetable plots and raised beds provide satisfying and healthy additions to any garden. Photo: Marybeth Kampman