A vegetable garden does not have to be difficult and time-consuming to grow. In fact, it is simple to grow an easy-to-care-for vegetable garden, if you know what you are doing. With just a little bit of attention to your climate and growing conditions you can have homegrown vegetables on your table throughout the summer and even into the fall. Just be prepared for more vegetables than you know what to do with.
Find out how long your growing season is and what your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is. This will help you determine what varieties of vegetables to plant and what sorts of fall vegetables you can plant. Short growing seasons should stick to early vegetable varieties, while long growing seasons can handle the late vegetable varieties.
Prepare your soil or containers. If you are planting in the ground, make sure your soil is well-drained and rich. Remove all the rocks and weeds from the gardening bed and work compost or manure into the soil to a depth of 4 to 5 inches.
If you are planting in containers or raised beds, use high-quality potting soil.
Buy vegetable seeds or plants from your garden store. If you buy a variety of plants in containers from a local store, they should grow well in your area. If you buy seeds, make sure they are suited to your climate.
Easy vegetables that grow in most vegetable gardens are zucchini and summer squash; carrots; beans; radishes; broccoli; potatoes, and onions.
Plant your vegetable garden at the correct time. The time to set out vegetables is different for each kind of vegetable, so keep this in mind when planting. Radish seeds can handle being set out in the cool weather of early spring or late winter, while beans need to be planted in mid to late spring.
Water your vegetable garden regularly. Water your garden at least three to four days a week for 5 minutes per patch of vegetables. If you live in a damp climate with a lot of rain, you will have to water it less; if you live in a dry climate, you should water more, at least every other day.
Container gardens need to be watered more often than those planted into the ground. Water your container garden when the soil on the top looks dry.
Keep the weeds pulled around your vegetables to give them the best chance to thrive. If you see any pests bothering your vegetables, remove them with your hands. Avoid using pesticides if you can.
Harvest your vegetables when they are ready. Remember, some vegetables will keep growing and offer you another harvest every few days to weeks, like summer squash and broccoli, while potatoes and carrots need to be reseeded if you want another batch.