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Video Series: How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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Start a Vegetable Garden

Spring, Summer, or Fall – now is the time to learn how to start a vegetable garden. Follow along with Fine Gardening editor, Steve Aitken, and Senior Editor, Danielle Sherry, as they walk you through the steps of starting a vegetable garden.

Videos (below) in this series:

1. Selecting a Site

2. Testing Your Soil

3. Removing Sod and Vegetation

4. Building Raised Beds

5. Starting Seeds Indoors

6. Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds

7. Planting Out

More information:

How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

Plumbing the Garden

How to Grow Raspberries



  • How-To

    Selecting a Site

    The sunnier the spot the better for a vegetable garden because sun is the most important ingredient for growing hearty vegetables.
  • How-To

    Testing Your Soil

    Learn how to test your soil and find out what you are working with and what amendments you may need to apply before you get going.
  • How-To

    Removing Sod and Vegetation

    Clear the way! Learn best practices for preparing your site for vegetables.
  • How-To

    Building Raised Beds

    Raised beds are great, especially if you live in a location with less than optimal soil or obstructions like rocks. Step by step instructions for making your own raised beds.
  • How-To

    Starting Seeds Indoors

    Start your seeds indoors while it's still chilly out. Learn how to begin your seeds so you'll be ready to plan after last frost.
  • How-To

    Direct Sowing Vegetable Seeds

    Some seeds do better direct sown into the ground. Learn what varieties do well with this method and how to direct sow for success.
  • How-To

    Planting Your Vegetable Garden

    Get those seedlings in the ground! After last frost has gone, it's time to move your plants to their new home.


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