Vegetables are best when they are garden-fresh. The best way to start a garden is to grow a small one with your favorite vegetables. Be realistic about how much time you have and how many vegetables you want.
Make a list of vegetables you like to eat. Look for the different types of these vegetables that suit your climate and growing conditions.
Your vegetable preferences will affect the size of your garden site. Check the back of your seed packages to see how much room you need per vegetable type. Spacing your vegetables properly ensures a healthy harvest.
Most vegetables need six to 12 hours of sunlight each day. The south and west sides of houses and slopes receive the most light.
Vegetable gardens require at least 1 inch of water each week. Make sure your garden is within reach of a hose or irrigation pipe. Avoid low areas that collect water and high areas that have excessive drainage.
Good soil makes for a successful vegetable garden. Avoid heavy clay, loose sand and compacted soil. Use lots of compost to enhance the soil before planting.