Spring is the perfect time to start a vegetable garden at home. Growing your own vegetables provides you with fresh produce full of vitamins and minerals, and will save you money at the grocery store. Gardening is also a great way to get some exercise and fresh air--so this pastime is healthy from start to finish.
Choose a patch of yard that receives a minimum of eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Practically everything can be grown during the spring, but choose vegetables that can be grown during the spring in your locale.
Prepare the ground by removing the grass from the garden bed with a spade and/or hoe. Break up the first 8 to 10 inches of soil with a tiller.
Mix bagged potting soil into your yard's soil. Gardening potting soil is richer and healthier for your plants, and will help you grow more plentiful, healthier produce.
Add extended-release fertilizer to the soil and mix it in with the hoe. Instructions vary from brand to brand, so read the instructions on your package carefully.
Dig small holes in which to place your seedlings. The holes should be 2 inches wider in diameter than each plant's root-ball, and the depth should be the height of the root-ball plus 2 inches.
Place the seedlings into the holes, and fill the rest of the holes with the soil. Water gently (not a full-force stream).
Keep your garden healthy by making sure the soil stays moist, and keep weeds and grass from growing into the garden bed.