l Tools: a hoe, gardening gloves, a spade, a rake, a trowel, a garden hose. l Vegetables need good drainage and at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Choose your plot accordingly. l Test the soil to figure out what it needs before you plant – rototilling, organic matter, fertilizer. l The best method for success with seeds can be found on the seed package. Select transplants that are about as tall as they are wide, dark green in color, vigorously growing, and free of spots or lesions on the leaves. l Water your garden if you get less than one inch of rain a week. l Add mulch around your plants to control weeds, prevent moisture loss and discourage pests. l Weed early and often. l Use weed and pest control chemicals wisely. If you live in cold weather you can start all the seeds inside and then transplant when the weather gets warmer.