Vegetable gardening is a satisfying way to dramatically improve your health by eating more produce, getting in more activity, managing stress, connecting with nature, reducing screen time, and feeling more resilient. There is so much information it can seem overwhelming. This column is designed to break the process into simple steps.
Choose a site
Choose a spot with at least 6-8 hours of unfiltered, full sun. Make sure this area is well-drained, not a place with large puddles during a rainstorm. Consider wildlife and how you will protect your garden from it.
Make a plan for what you want to grow
Decide what the main goals of your veggie garden are; be sure to involve the whole family so that everyone feels some ownership in the process. Examples of garden goals include:
Eat a salad from the garden every day.
To meet that goal, focus on growing a diversity of greens and consider heat and cold tolerant options.
Can tomato sauce for the season.
To achieve that goal, focus on Roma type tomatoes.
Get more food security from your garden.
This will require a focus on calorie-dense veggies with good storability, like sweet potato, winter squash and Irish potato.