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[Tomato Dirt #119] 3 Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden
February 23, 2017

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 3

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FEATURE: 3 Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

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When it comes to starting a vegetable garden, the most important step you can take doesn’t involve a shovel, a tiller, or even a speck of dirt.

A successful new garden begins with planning. Here’s what to consider as you plan a new garden or update your current one.

  1. Plan what to grow. Make a list of the plants you would like to grow. Then do some research about each one to find out when to plant them, where to plant them, how much water they need, how much attention they need, and when to harvest them.

  2. Plan how much to grow. How much space can you devote to your garden? How much time are you willing to invest in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting? How many vegetables can you use, process, and give away?

  3. Plan where to grow it. Vegetables need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Avoid placing your garden in the shade. And choose a spot with access to water. You’ll need it for watering your garden, especially during the heat of the summer.

Once you make these decisions, you’re ready for the next steps in getting your garden in the ground: making a garden plan, tilling your garden, and preparing your soil.

See more about planning and starting a vegetable garden to get yourself ready for the new growing season … and be sure to check out our Garden Layouts board on Pinterest for more fun and inspiring ideas.

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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