For someone that is new to growing a vegetable garden, the learning curve can seem quite daunting at times.

With things like compost ratios, soil pH levels, and fertilizer N-P-K numbers, it may seem you need to work at NASA in order to grow your own fresh vegetables.

Don't stop your seed orders just yet, it's really not that complicated to have a successful vegetable garden. Like building a strong house, a successful vegetable garden starts with a solid foundation.

This foundation is simple, yet vital for the overall success of your garden. When starting your garden, just follow these five basic steps.

Plan Your Vegetable Garden

Planning Is Important for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Take some time to thoroughly plan your garden. Consider what vegetables you are interested in growing, and how many you what to plant.

Be sure to add room for paths, and future plant growth. Creating a good vegetable garden plan is key to your success.

If you would like to view my vegetable garden plan, then browse My Garden Plan - Revision 1.

Choose a Good Location for the Vegetable Garden

Locate your vegetable garden in an area that gets at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day. This will ensure you get maximum production from your plants.

Placing your vegetable garden near a water source will make watering more convenient.

Also, locate it as close to your home, or walkway as possible.This can create better accessibility. If it's out of sight, it could become out of mind.

Determine the Size of the Vegetable Garden

If you are starting a vegetable garden for the first time, remember to start out small. Starting with a large garden can lead to feeling overwhelmed for beginners.

Try planting just a few vegetables that are easy to grow such as tomatoes, summer squash, bush beans, or radishes.

Once your experience and confidence levels increase, you can expand the size of your garden and the vegetables you grow.

Build Great Soil

I can't stress this enough - make sure to feed your plants by feeding your soil. Adding quality compost, or well-aged manure, will improve the fertility, and composition of your soil.

Raised Bed Garden
You can also side-dress plants with compost once they are established. Make sure your soil has good drainage, and is not compacted.

Soil compaction can stunt plant growth by not giving the roots room to grow.

Raised beds are the best option for growing a garden since they will improve overall drainage and alleviate soil compaction.

Select Vegetables You Love

Choose vegetables to grow vegetables that you love to eat. There is no need in growing a vegetable that you are not passionate about.

You don't want your vegetable garden to began feeling like a job. Experiment with new vegetables each year to keep your garden fresh and exciting.

Growing vegetables is a learning process that never really ends, but following these five key steps will get your vegetable garden started on solid footing.

Be careful - growing your own fresh vegetables can become addictive!

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