Discover labor-saving tips for how to start a vegetable garden, including choosing a good garden site, removing sod, sheet composting, and more.
Choose a garden site that drains well, gets ample sunlight, and offers a rich layer of topsoil free of immovable rocks. Remove any sod by smothering it with sheet composting. To try this easy method, just lay cardboard on your lawn where you want your new garden beds, and then cover the cardboard with a thick layer of straw.
Illustration by Elara Tanguy
Want some lawn gone? Remove soil in strips with a rented sod cutter, or dig out squares with a finely sharpened spade.