1. Grab your family, friends and neighbors and plan out what type of victory garden you want. If it’s your first garden, start small. Consider planting lettuce, tomatoes, beets, eggplant, carrots, and herbs.
2. Select a sunny and well-drained area in your yard. If you don’t have a sunny area, don’t worry, you can select shade grown plants. For shady areas, consider planting mint, kale, chives and parsley.
3. Get to know your soil and your climate hardiness zone. To check your Hardiness zone, log onto the Nation Gardening Association website and type in your zip code.
4. Clear the ground and add compost! Compost will improve the nutrient levels of your soil and help prevent organic matter entering landfills. Compost is easy to make, learn how by logging onto The Garden of Oz.
5. Get your gloves, hoes and spading forks! Loosen up the soil to allow air in and plant your seeds according to directions on your seed packets. A good rule of thumb is to allow 18-24 inches between plants.
6. Keep an eye out for signs of damage by insects and other pests. Don’t use any non-organic chemicals; look into natural ways of getting rid of pests like coffee grounds, soap nut liquid, ladybugs, worms, and vinegar.
7. Harvest and enjoy!
8. If you have extra produce share with your neighbors and/or donate to your local food bank.