Growing up in the city, I never knew what it was like to plant something and watch it grow. That's one reason I decided to plant my first vegetable garden when I moved to a small town. With plenty of space in the back yard, why not?
I quickly learned that not everything will grow in any kind of soil. After planting a few starter plants and watching them turn to brown stems, I finally got smart. I called the county agent and arranged for a soil evaluation. The results helped me know what I could grow without adding anything to the soil, and what I could add to help it support certain kinds of plants.
Before you start your first garden, let me tell you what else I learned. It'll improve your chances of enjoying a bumper crop of your favorite vegetables.