Get the seeds you need to grow your garden. Once you’ve decided what you want to grow, visit your local garden supply shop to get some seeds. Choose top-shelf seeds to improve your odds of a healthy garden.
Plant according to the directions on your seed packet. Your seed packet will have directions on it regarding when you should plant the seeds, how deep each seed should be planted, and how much space should be between each seed. Read and follow these directions carefully, and keep the seed packet even when you empty it of seeds so you can refer back to it as necessary.
The seed packet will also likely let you know how often the seeds should be watered.
Plant according to the growing season of each vegetable. After obtaining your seeds, check the seed packet for information about when each should be planted. Mark your calendar with details about when your seeds should be planted.
Some plants need to be started indoors early in the season. Tomatoes, for example, should be started 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Lettuce and radishes, on the other hand, can be direct sowed.
Divvy up the planting process by planting your vegetables over a long period. Instead of trying to put all your plants in the soil at once, do so over the course of several days or weeks to avoid exhaustion. This extra time will enable you to tend the seeds carefully.
Planting in succession allows you to give everything its longest possible growing season. For instance, if you have one plant that can be planted in April and another that can be planted in May, planting both in May wastes valuable growing time for the plant that could be in the ground in April.
Put the seeds in the soil according to the directions provided by the seed packet. Some seeds can be placed close together, but some need to be spaced far apart. Different seeds also need to be planted at different depths. Some even need to have dirt mounded over them after they are placed in the ground. Your seed packet will provide specific planting information for each of your different vegetables.
Each plant has its own, specific planting requirements. Read the packets and don't assume that different plants will have the same needs.
Start with a small garden of about 20 square feet (1.9 m2). Since this is your first time planting a garden, it’s easy to underestimate how much work it can be to plant, water, and harvest everything. To avoid planting too much and making more work for yourself than you want, stick to a relatively small area at first.
Enlarge your garden as you become more confident with your abilities.
The number of plants a space of this size will hold depends on what you plant. If you plant seeds that require minimal space, you will be able to grow more plants than you would if you planted seeds that require a lot of space.