l Gather your gardening tools: a hoe, gardening gloves, a spade or spading fork, a steel bow rake, a trowel, a wheelbarrow, a garden hose long enough to water all parts of the garden and a wide-brimmed hat.
l Most vegetable plants need good drainage and at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Choose your plot accordingly, because too much sun in our climate will cook your plants.
l Test the soil to figure out what it needs before you plant – digging, organic matter, fertilizer. Visit your local nursery for recommendations.
l Select transplants that are about as tall as they are wide, dark green in color, vigorously growing, and healthy.
l Water your garden , check daily because it can dry out very quickly in our climate.
l Add mulch around your plants to control weeds, prevent moisture loss and discourage pests.
l Thinning your plants will increase fruit growth.
l Weed early and often. When you see a weed, immediately pull it up by the roots. Weeds steal nutrients from your vegetables.