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You just can’t beat the taste of fresh vegetables and greens from your own garden. Add in the fact that you know exactly what you are feeding your family and where it came from, and that no pesticides or herbicides have been applied, and you’ll be smiling throughout the entire meal.

If you are considering starting your own vegetable garden here are a few tips to get you off to a successful start.

  • Choose an area with 6+ hours of sunlight
  • Make sure you can easily water your garden
  • Consider growing in raised beds or containers to best control the soil mix and moisture
  • Invest in your soil-we have recommendations
  • Start small with approximately 5-7 of your favorite vegetables
  • Mark your beds so you know what is where
  • Be proactive in preventing problems before they occur Life will be much easier
  • Read up on the vegetables you are growing so you can anticipate, identify and treat problems as they arise The UGA extension is a great source
  • Keep a journal of dates, weather, problems, etc to refer to next year.

Create fresh salads with these 10 easy-to-grow vegetables

  Bell Peppers

  Carrots

  Cucumbers

  Green Beans

  Lettuce

  Spinach

  Squash

  Tomatoes

  Zucchini

Start your garden from seed or starter plants. Seeds can be grown indoors now to set out after April 15thLast Frost Date. Starter plants can be purchased and set out after Last Frost Date

Make sure any chemicals and fertilizers are safe for use for food crops

Consider easy-to-grow fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries