Growing Vegetables at Home


Grow a wide range of fresh vegetables in your home garden. Most vegetables grow successfully within the spring to fall season. Provide healthy, fertile soil, plenty of water and healthy plants or seeds to start the vegetables off right. There's no fresher tasting vegetable than one picked straight from your backyard.

Step 1

Choose a sunny spot for your home garden.

Step 2

Till the area with a rototiller. Place the tines into the soil. Turn on the tiller and keep pushing it into the soil until the soil is completely broken up, to a depth of 8 inches. Remove all dislodged rocks and weeds by hand. Dispose of them in a outdoor trash container.

Step 3

Shovel a 1-inch layer of compost onto the top of the soil. Incorporate the compost into the soil by tilling the area again.

Step 4

Purchase transplants and seeds from trustworthy garden centers, nurseries, online garden retailers and seed catalogs. Select healthy plants, if using transplants. Stay away from purchasing plants with wilted or yellow leaves, drooping stems or any signs of insects.

Step 5

Plant seeds or plants directly in the soil when all chance of frost has passed. Follow specific directions for planting and spacing, usually found on seed packets and plant tags. Poke a small hole in the soil with your finger when planting seeds. Plant seeds about an inch deep. Dig a hole as wide and high as the transplant's container. Place the plant in the hole and spread out the roots. Pack soil firmly over seeds and over the roots and the base of the transplant.

Step 6

Water each planting daily, unless it rains. Water only until the soil appears moist.

Step 7

Pick vegetable fruits when they appear solidly colored and feel firm.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Trash container
  • Shovel
  • Compost


  • Iowa State University Extension: Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
  • The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Growing Vegetables Organically

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University: Vegetable Growing Guides
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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.