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Fall is definitely the best time to garden. Our cooler temperatures and better chances for rain extend our harvesting time into May. Vegetables are easier to grow and I think tend to taste their best.
My first advice is to start small. Remember, every square foot of dirt you till up, is a square foot of dirt you're going to be dealing with weeds, and other things later. So don't get over-inspired as you begin.
Make sure your garden is in good sun. Vegetables need good sun to do well. There are a few that do well in shade. If you've got a spot that doesn't have the best sun, at least six hours, then put your leafy greens there. But things that have fruit and roots need to go out in the sunniest spots you have. If that means a container out on the front driveway, then go for it!
Make sure the soil is good. We tend to have some shallow clay soils, so work in some compost for a rich, well-draining mix.
Plant more transplants and seeds every two weeks or so to extend your harvest time.
Keep them fertilized on a regular basis since many of them are heavy feeders.
Spend a little time every day to check for soil moisture and insects and to watch your plants mature!
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