How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

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Grow some of your own food by starting a vegetable garden. You’ll eat better and save money.

Step 1: Decide on a garden type
Decide between a raised-bed garden or an in-ground one. Raised beds, which consist of purchased topsoil that sits within a wooden frame, are ideal if your soil is stony or sandy. The main advantage of an in-ground garden is that it needs less watering.

For an in-ground garden, test your soil to find out what nutrients it needs. Garden centers sell do-it-yourself kits, or you can arrange a test through the Cooperative Extension System, a national agricultural network. Find a nearby office on the USDA web site.

Step 2: Pick a good spot
Pick a spot that gets a lot of sun and isn’t obscured by tree or hedge shade.

Step 3: Prep the land
Prepare the land by building your raised bed or clearing and tilling a patch of land to a depth of about one foot. A 10 foot by 10 foot parcel is a good size for a beginner. For an in-ground garden, install a wire mesh fence three to four feet high to help keep out critters.

Leave the top foot of the fence unsecured so that if an animal attempts to climb it, it won’t support his weight and he won’t be able to get over it.

Step 4: Seeds versus seedlings
Decide if you want to plant seeds directly in the soil; start growing seeds in small containers, like egg cartons, and then transplant them into your garden when they take root. Or, buy seedlings from a nursery that are ready to go into the ground. If you start with seeds, you’ll wait longer to harvest your vegetables.

In colder climates, the shorter growing season makes some vegetables impossible to grow directly from seed.

Step 5: Plan your veggies
Plot out what you’d like to plant, taking into consideration what grows well in your area. Orient the rows east to west with the tallest plants on the north side so they won’t shade the shorter ones.

Step 6: Sow your seeds
Start your seeds following the instructions on the package. Plant your seedlings when it’s appropriate to do so, which depends on both the crop and your climate. Your local garden center or nearest Extension office can give you this information, or you can find it on the web.

Maximize output by planting a warm-season crop after harvesting a cool-season crop.

Step 7: Try companion planting
Plant compatible vegetables near each other. To find out which veggies grow better together and which are best kept far apart, type “companion planting” into a search engine.

Step 8: Put in some flowers
Plant a few flowers among your crops. They’ll attract bees, which will help pollinate your plants.

Did You Know?
Guinness World Record holder Charles H. Wilber harvested 1,368 pounds of tomatoes from just four plants.


  1. Micah Romero on October 28, 2018 at 9:55 am

    more like attract many sir-nopes-a lot to your garden

  2. Bowerman Winburn on October 28, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Really enjoy it. Let’s check woodprix plans also.

  3. jmaioran on October 28, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Silly using all these resources,(lining, wood, 100% topsoil, wire mesh) – when you can plant it in your soil.

  4. Brady Manker on October 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I like all the tips you give

  5. TheJackOf AllVideos on October 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

    That combination of vegetates for the example was terrible -_- half of them grow into giant bushes and one of them was a tree

  6. Ann Sherbert on October 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I’ve just purchased some purple tomato seeds that I intend growing in a container or grow bag. Some friends recommended them after the success they had last year. Here’s a link: They’ve also got lots of other seeds and gardening tools on the website. it’s a great company to buy from.

  7. Jennifer Piña on October 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Step 1: Pet your bunny

  8. ceil20610 on October 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    if you want to get young kids excited about nature and gardening, havev them grow a tickleme plant. My students love them as they are the only plant that will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled. We get our kits to grow them on line.

  9. YBoamah on October 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

    i love the  vieodo because it is awesome i wrote it donw

  10. Andy Delu on October 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Just love this video 🙂

  11. scaff 1 on October 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    watching this in 2017 cant help but laugh out loud

  12. amazon bikini on October 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

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  13. Brandon Bradley on October 28, 2018 at 10:06 am
  14. ally dashi on October 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

    its fun to do it

  15. wish u wealth Vestige on October 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

    friends tell me , how to grow garlic plant at home in small farming ..

  16. famileri on October 28, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Are there blonde models like her available at the nursery to help with planting

  17. X Sion on October 28, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Came here for zombie apocalipse survival…. Anyone else?

  18. jazz plants on October 28, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Hey if you like growing things subcribe to me and join me and my gardening growing adventure .

  19. r a on October 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

    will these keep my cats and the fox from destroying the garden?

  20. wish u wealth Vestige on October 28, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Dear Friends Pls tell me about vegetable farming ,how to grow vegetable plants in vertical
    pvc pipe at home.

  21. Luvenia Waiters on October 28, 2018 at 10:23 am

    If you want to make it yourself just look for woodprix website. There is all you need to make it 🙂

  22. Odell Jackson on October 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

    nice video it really helped

  23. Stephen Lukner on October 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

    the rabbit is so CUTE

  24. Rest Revolution on October 28, 2018 at 10:27 am

    We love our veggie garden!  Great video 🙂

  25. GrowVeg on October 28, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Lots of things wrong here, like not spacing plants correctly, not firming them into the soil, poor light for the seedlings and much more. Search YouTube for my video ‘How to Plant a Vegetable Garden – Response’ to avoid the many mistakes that this video makes (HowCast won’t let me post it as a video response).

  26. Subrata Paul on October 28, 2018 at 10:28 am


  27. YBoamah on October 28, 2018 at 10:29 am

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy i love the video it was awesome and how ever dislike this is going to die from food okay fugges .     .

  28. costellocrew5 on October 28, 2018 at 10:30 am

    HI. We’d like to include this video in my son’s 5th grade report on gardening.  Any chance you’d be willing to email a downloadable file???  He needs it for a Power Point presentation 🙂  Thx!!!

  29. Awesome Eliam on October 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I’m secretly a farmer 🌵🌱

  30. Flowers N Fruits on October 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful video . So organised step by step guide. I am impressed with this . thanks for sharing.
    Maintaining vegetable garden in shade is not so easy . We require tips at initial level .
    Here is the best guide on How to plant fruit vegetables in your own garden :

  31. Blake Schulz on October 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I don’t think those bananas will grow very well, unless she lives in a jungle environment lol

  32. Garden Sheds Devon on October 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

    The information were vividly presented regarding on practical gardening approach. I have learned different techniques through watching this video. These useful advises might help you understand the worth of growing your own veggies, for it will surely benefit the health of entire family. Great video! 

  33. Get Planting on October 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Alot simpler to just get planting!

  34. Canadaheather on October 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I love this video, 🙂

  35. Nikita Curtis on October 28, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Great video!

  36. Dave Crookham on October 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What were the Tomato plants called ? Please

  37. Lei Leigh on October 28, 2018 at 10:42 am

    who else is watching this in 2018 and finds it hilarious hehe

  38. Useless Stuff on October 28, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Great video!

  39. Awesome Eliam on October 28, 2018 at 10:44 am

    And i plant mung beans together 🌱🌿🍃🎋🌴

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  41. Khan Productionz on October 28, 2018 at 10:47 am

    luv the video

  42. Kamelhaj on October 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

    What made me laugh is that she is planting a VEGETABLE garden with a RABBIT! :oD

  43. Nadia McDonald on October 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Lately I’ve developed an euphoria for eating healthy.  This being the case, I believe each person should plant a seed in their yard to start a vegetable garden.  Planting a vegetable garden eliminates spending excess cash in the supermarket.  Where I live they do lots of importing particularly from the US.  Rather than purchase vegetables, I have adopted a plan to start a garden and plant as much fruits and vegetables as possible.  Agriculture is not significant in my family or the Bahamas.  But based on  research I’ve conducted, and listening to medical experts, people are to eat raw vegetables and take in more fruits.  It can go a long way eliminating obesity, as well as terminal illnesses like cancer, hypertension, diabetes and stroke.  I endorse this objective, and intend to learn all I could to having a healthy life-style.

  44. BigDog Outdoors on October 28, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I’m beginning to wonder if whoever did this video has ever even stepped foot into a garden. Starting your own seats does not put you back on your harvest dates. You start your seeds inside months I had and it puts you way ahead on your harvest dates

  45. Chris on October 28, 2018 at 10:51 am

    i like the part that she was deciding where to plant the bananas!!! ha ha

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  47. EatThePlant on October 28, 2018 at 10:54 am

    This video was very useful. I started my first raise bed veggie garden last year. Just created a youtube channel showing some of the progress. Please take a look at it and give me some feedback/comments and like the video if you think I am on the right track. I really want to get the most out of growing my own food. Thanks much and have a great day.

  48. r a on October 28, 2018 at 10:54 am

    love the bunny 🙁 <3

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