Gardening: How to Grow Vegetables


Grow vegetables, a simple process, and receive the reward at harvest time. Vegetables require just a few things for growth: healthy soil, plants or seeds and water. If you crave fresh, wholesome vegetables that taste better than anything you will find in a grocery store, grow vegetables in your home garden.

Step 1

Select a sunny, well-drained spot for your garden. Most vegetables prefer these conditions.

Step 2

Till the garden area with a rake or rototiller. Dig the tines into the soil to a depth of 8 inches. Break up the soil until loose. Till a row at a time. Remove rocks and weeds (by hand) that may have been dislodged from the tilling process.

Step 3

Shovel a 2-inch layer of compost on top of the soil. Retill the garden area to incorporate the compost.

Step 4

Purchase seeds and transplants from reputable nurseries, garden centers, garden catalogs and online garden stores. Select only healthy plants; do not purchase plants with yellow or wilted leaves.

Step 5

Plant seeds and transplants in the soil. Follow directions for spacing, planting depth and when to plant, provided on the back of seed packets or plant tags. Most seeds are planted 1 inch deep. Most transplants should be planted as deep and wide as the plant's original container plus add 1 or 2 inches to support the base of the plant. Pack soil firmly over the top of the seeds or over the roots of a transplant. With transplants, place soil over the plant's stem, just under its first set of leaves.

Step 6

Water the soil around each plant or seed daily until soil appears moist. Skip watering on days when the soil already looks wet.

Step 7

Apply a fertilizer formulated for vegetables, available at garden centers. Follow the provided instructions to determine how to mix and how much solution to apply.

Step 8

Pick vegetables when firm and a uniform color.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake or rototiller
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer


  • Times Online: How to Start a Vegetable Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension: Planting the Garden
  • Iowa State University Extension: Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
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About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.