Nothing matches the delicious taste of vegetables harvested fresh from your own garden. They're delicious to eat and fun to watch as they grow. Also, let's not forget about certain bragging rights in the neighborhood. You can even grow succulent vegetables in containers or window boxes.
Location is a key consideration when planning your garden. Vegetables are sun-worshippers, and love sunny, open spaces in order to thrive. Look for a spot that provides at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. More would be better.
What kind of garden you make depends on what you like to eat. Are salads big in your family? Or is your household full of corn-on-the-cob connoisseurs? Decide on your must-have vegetables, then consider your space. When you're satisfied that you have enough room for the vegetables you want, you're ready to get started. One note: try to avoid planting more than your family can eat.
First, make sure your garden looks good on paper. Make a sketch of your garden, drawing little circles to represent your vegetable plants. Use the spacing recommended in the catalog description as a guide. Now you have a planting plan. For a step-by-step guide to planting, see the Planting a Vegetable Garden project.