If you have never had a vegetable garden before, this year is the year to do it. Grocery prices are encouragement enough! Don’t be timid; people have been cultivating plants for thousands of years. Start small, grow a few vegetables that you know you like and that you know how to prepare for the table, and do not be afraid of crop failure (it happens from time to time, no matter what you do).

The very first thing to do is to choose a spot in the yard, in the neighborhood, or at the local community garden that is in full sun, or the fullest sun possible, with at least 6 hours of full sun each day.