Edible gardening guide

How to grow delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruit at home

How to plant an easy edible garden

Getting started is easier than you think. Follow these steps, and you’ll be harvesting in weeks

Plan and shop
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Plan and shop

Choose a spot that you can reach with your hose and gets at least six hours of sun a day. Sketch a plan, taking into account how large everything will be when fully grown—don’t jam the plants too close together—or follow our layout for a 4- by 8-foot bed, below. Then go buy your seedlings and enough bagged compost to spread a 6-inch-deep layer—we used 16 cubic feet.


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