Gardens don’t have to mean huge time commitments and expert-level gardening know-how. When I moved out of New York City eight years ago to start a farm, I’d only ever helped my mother grow tomatoes and basil at her place in Jersey, volunteered at a handful of city community gardens, and had attempted spinach on my Brooklyn windowsill. I had zero abilities as a gardener, and no idea where to begin.
Luckily for me, and for anyone else just getting their toes wet, with a little common sense and proper planning, you can have an extremely successful vegetable garden that will feed you and your families or friends all season long. Here’s easy to follow advice for designing a vegetable plot that won’t break your back, wallet, or zen-like disposition this summer.
Elevate your space.
Instead of bothering with clearing out a big garden plot, think containers or raised beds. Root crops will grow better in raised beds, you’ll have less ground to cover, and you can start plants earlier in the season because the containers and beds will be slightly warmer than ground temperatures.