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Deciding to plant your own vegetable garden is a healthy plan and rewarding in many ways, but when confronted with the actual execution and all the planning and care-taking required, it can seem a little daunting.

Never fear! It’s actually as easy as 1-2-3-4 (and some numbers in between). Check out these easy tips on how to plant your own vegetable garden this year:

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  1. Picking out your vegetables:

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2. Choosing a place for your vegetable garden:

  • Try to pick a place close to the house for easy access
  • The average vegetable garden is 400 to 600 square feet
  • Full sunlight exposure is best for vegetable gardens. 6 hours minimum of sunlight is necessary for optimum growth
  • Access to plenty of water is key so consider setting up a sprinkler system
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Edible landscape

3. Prepping the area:

  • Consider how you want to plant: Raw cropping means you plant in rows versus intensive cropping with closer spacing between the produce
  • Check the quality and drainage of the soil or you can opt to raise the beds and fill with new loam soil (see how to raise the vegetable garden beds here)
  • Plant your seeds!
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Lush backyard garden

4. Caring for your vegetables:

  • Your veggies are in a safe, light-filled healthy soiled place
  • Ensure the crops receive about an inch of water a week
  • Weed your garden regularly.  Consider using a mulch or compost to help promote healthy growth.

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still plant your own vegetable garden this Spring. And when you’re eating a delicious salad with fresh, incredible produce that you grew yourself (with the help of the Internet, of course), you will be glad that you did it!

Photos courtesy of Fine Gardening, Pinterest, Balcony Garden web, and Shutterstock

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com