Virginia has an abundance of history, landscapes and culinary charm. Gardeners planting vegetable crops here join a tradition that goes back to the first settlers who developed sustenance plots to get them through the winter season. Virginia has moderate temperatures and a long gardening season. However, the state also boasts a diverse amount of soil conditions so preparing your garden bed will be one of the most labor intensive parts of getting the garden right.
Choose your vegetable garden location. Vegetables need eight to 10 hours of direct sunlight to produce. Make sure your bed will receive enough sunlight to sustain your plants.
Prepare the bed. Use your hoe to remove all grasses and weeds from the garden location.
Add a layer of compost to the soil surface. Ideally you will want 2 inches of compost. Other organic matter, such as pine bark or aged animal manure, can be used if necessary.
Plant the vegetables in the garden. Dig a hole in the soil comparable to the soil laden root ball of the plant. Place the plant in the hole and cover the base of the plant with soil.
Water plants thoroughly. According to "Guide to Virginia Vegetable Gardening," plants need approximately 1 inch of water per week. During the dry season gardeners must increase watering as needed.