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I have a step-by-step process to grow the best garden big or small depending on how large an area you want to dedicate for gardening.


Best Location for your garden


Find the sunniest place in your yard if you are going to dedicate the area to a garden.  This can be an entire area or it can be a shared area with other plants and flowers.  It can also be a raised bed you build or a basket or pot that you can place in the ideal location.


How to  share flower beds for gardening

You can plant vegetable plants right with other plants in your garden if you do not have a designated area you want to have for your vegetable plants.  This tomato plant fits right in with the other flowers and as you can see it produced many tomatoes.  The other flowers were great to attract pollinators to pollinate the tomatoes.


Shared garden plot


Best Raised bed garden boxes

Using a raised bed is a great way to designate an area for a garden.  There are many ways to create garden boxes.  You can purchase premade garden boxes, purchase wood to make your own box (Always use untreated wood such as cedar, or redwood), or you can use galvanized metal tubs or sheets to make your own.









Best Pots and baskets for your vegetable plants


Pots and baskets are a great way to grow vegetables in small places on apartment patios and porches or for your home patios.  It is also easy to plant flowers and vegetables together in companion planting to provide vegetables for you and your family.





Preparing the soil for planting


Garden plot


Test your soil to know what you need to do to amend the soil for the best growing conditions for the vegetables.  Once you have tested amend the soil with proper organic materials.


Shared flower bed


Test your soil to know what you need to do to amend the soil for the best growing conditions for the vegetables.  Since you are sharing the space with vegetables and flowers you need to know what the PH is for both flowers and vegetables, it is also good to know what plants are good companions with the vegetable plants.


Raised bed


You will build up the soil with organic materials to provide you with the best soil conditions possible, thus eliminating the PH testing of the soil.  Fill the raised bed with the amended soil so that the roots have lots of room to grow.


Flower pots or baskets

This is best done by purchasing the highest quality organic potting mix to fill your containers.  Make sure there are drain holes in the bottom of the container.  Start with filler materials in the bottom to reduce the amount of soil needed and to keep the pots and baskets lite, you can use plastic bottles, packing materials, or any other product to fill the bottom of the container.  Place organic mix over filler material, add some organic fertilizer to feed the plants, and next add the plants and finally the remainder of the planting mix to fill the basket.  You will need to feed these plants more often to keep them healthy and produce an abundance of vegetables.