Veggie Gardening 101: Creating a New Garden Space

There are several options for developing a new garden space.

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Terri James


Creating a gardening environment with optimal growing conditions is critical to success. Gardens can be grown in traditional garden plots, raised beds, and containers for people of all ages and ability levels to enjoy.  Vegetables, fruits, and herbs require a minimum of six hours, preferably eight hours of direct, full sun exposure daily in order to produce well. At the start, improving soil quality is key to increasing water and nutrient- holding capacity for plants to grow and thrive.  A reliable source of water should also be near the garden to irrigate plants as needed.


  • Digging Deeper Vegetable Gardening
    • Nebraska Extension Educator John Porter talks about the value and importance of vegetable gardening.
  • Raised Beds for Vegetable Gardening
    • UNL Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist Kim Todd talks to home gardener Marlene Wagner about the construction and use of raised beds for vegetable gardening
  • Backyard Raised Beds
    • Papillion gardener Lynn Schense talks about her raised beds and how they decrease weeds and help her grow her vegetable garden