A summer vegetable garden can provide you and your family with fresh, healthful produce and save your grocery budget at the same time. Perhaps you have put off starting a garden because you think it will be too much work to add to your busy life, but it can be easy to build a garden and maintain it if you know a few tricks. And you don't need much space if you want to grow a couple of tomatoes, a hill of cucumbers or zucchini and maybe some bell peppers and green beans.
Mow or weed whack the area where you want to grow your vegetables.
Spread flattened cardboard boxes on top of the soil where you plan to plant your vegetables. The cardboard will kill any lawn or weeds underneath it.
Build a rich growing environment for your vegetables by layering any type of organic compost, wood chips, sawdust, peat moss, grass clippings, fallen leaves and topsoil if you have it. Make your growing bed at least three or four inches deep---the thicker your garden bed is with organic materials such as these, the better your vegetables will grow.
Plant bedding plants immediately. Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce and other vegetables that you like by digging through the layers you built, using your trowel. You can punch through the cardboard if needed.
Water your garden thoroughly after you plant. If you set a sprinkler in your newly planted area, run it for at least 30 minutes. You might need to water new plants again in three or four days if the soil becomes dry. Water most vegetables once a week after they become established.
Fertilize your young vegetable plants with a balanced fertilizer about one month after you plant them.