If you're like most people during these difficult times, the prospect of growing your own produce seems like a perfect idea. Taking on this task can seem a little scary for first time gardeners, but with a little knowledge and some spare time, you can grow a delicious bounty for fresh eating, canning or freezing.
1: Ground, pots or raised beds?
Digging a new garden for ground planting: You'll need to mark off a space in FULL SUN where you can start removing the grass, loosening the soil and removing large stones. A shovel is good, but a mattock is better for chopping up hard soil. Add fresh planting mix, garden soil mixed with peat, perlite, vermiculite and mix well. Each row or hole you dig should be at least 16" deep. (Ideally soft enough to dig with your hands, once the soil is prepared.
If digging isn't your thing, you can always build raised beds. We used pressure treated lumber above at our home garden- but some folks say you should use untreated lumber.
Fill with soil and you're all set. You'll just need lots of soil if you have lots of beds!