Gardening tips

To help you with starting your first vegetable bed

Vegetables love the sun. They need at least 6 hours of full sun every day, and preferably 8.

Vegetables must have good, loamy, well-drained soil. Raised-bed gardening is a great way to grow vegetables -- especially if the garden soil is poor or compacted or has poor drainage. And there's no bending over to pull weeds or harvest vegetables.

Placement is everything. Avoid planting too near a tree, which will steal nutrients and shade the garden.

Vegetables need lots of water, at least 1 inch of water a week. The soil in raised vegetable garden beds typically warms earlier in spring than the surrounding earth. It also tends to dry faster, so you can get cool-season crops planted sooner, extending the growing season and your vegetable crop choices just by using raised gardens.

You'll need some basic planting tools.  These are the essentials: spade, garden fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, and wheelbarrow (or bucket) for moving around mulch or soil. It's worth paying a bit extra for quality tools.

Tips for beginners
Tips for beginners