Several vegetables are easy for beginners to grow. Choose seeds that are appropriate for your area and climate.
Ideally, site your garden in full sun. Most veggies need 6+ hours of direct sunlight to thrive.
Make sure your soil is rich and healthy, and that it drains well. Most states have Agricultural Extension offices that provide free soil testing and advice.
For those who want to use landscape fabric in their gardens and ensure they protect the environment in everything they do, tread lightly. Though many forms of this fabric contain recycled plastic (making it more eco-friendly than alternatives), it still has plastic in it, which is ultimately a material that doesn’t break down quickly, nor is it natural. If you want alternatives that may be more earth-friendly, consider organic mulch, dye-free cardboard, or skip the covering entirely in favor of a natural pre-emergent herbicide.
Putting that aside, there’s nothing in most landscape fabrics to cause illness or impact your garden’s health. It also may help support better growth by trapping more moisture and warmth in your soil to promote root development. Many growers find that it does a fantastic job of preventing weeds from seeding too close to your plants, which is an effective way to boost production. On the other hand, not doing anything to prevent weeds will hamper your garden’s production and make it hard for you to keep up with sprouting, infiltrating weeds.