How-To Video: Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden

Growing veggies is very easy, but there are basic requirements that must be met: full sun (six to eight hours a day of direct sun), rich well-amended soil, and regular water.

Plant choice

    • Grow what you like to eat
    • Tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, peppers are all very easy
    • Purchase seedlings at an independent neighborhood garden center (you’ll know that those varieties will do well in your area)

Prepare the soil

    • Dig in a generous amount of compost into the area. A good organic planting mix (EBS Planting Compost)
    • Mix (at the same time) an organic starter fertilizer (vegetables grow fast and produce a lot so need lots of food) EBS Surestart 

Planting your veggies

    • Don’t crowd your plants—they need lots of sunlight to produce well (space plants 3-feet apart, but corn and beans can be planted closer together)
    • Dig hole slightly larger than pot
    • Gently remove plant (push from bottom, don’t pull—edibles are tender when young)
    • Place the plant in hole, gently fill in and firm soil around the plant
    • Create a “well” with soil around plant to hold 2-inches of water
    • Water thoroughly (you may need to water every other day at first)
    • Good idea to put some organic snail/pest bait out (tender seedlings can disappear overnight!) Sluggo Plus is best 

Providing Plant Support

    • Remember to stake or support vine-like tomatoes and pole beans 

Plant Care

    • Be on the lookout for pests and diseases
    • Always use organic pest and disease controls in veggie gardens 
You’d better buy a sturdy basket—you’re going to have a lot of veggies to harvest!