Make sure to wait until all chances of a late frost have passed before planting your spring and summer vegetable plants outdoors. In the South, the typical time to begin planting is after Good Friday. But keep an eye on the long term weather forecast to be sure.
Starting your vegetable plants from seed indoors, or in a backyard heated greenhouse, is a good way to get a head start.
Make your own organic compost for use as a natural fertilize in the vegetable garden. Your plants will appreciate it, and so will your taste buds! Till a half-inch layer of organic matter in between each crop. The past seasons crop will have used up all the organic matter and beneficial bacteria needed for optimum healthy and vigorous growth.
Insects like vegetables. But not all insects are "bad" insects. There are insects that you can attract and put to work in your garden that will not only help with pollination, but also be a good line of defense against the harmful insects.