Building Good Garden Soil: As simple as 1, 2, 3.
1. Add organic matter. At least 1-2 inches every year.
Vegetable Seed Varieties
When planning, be sure to choose varieties that grow well in the Northwest and are specific for a fall harvest. For container gardens select dwarf or bush varieties. The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and Territorial Seed Catalog are good resources for varieties successfully grown in the fall and west of the cascades.
Good Cultural Practices--Secrets to Success
Vegetables grown on raised beds can be planted close together shading out weeds and self mulching as they grow. Trellising plants that vine helps to use garden space to the maximum.
Many vegetable plants can be grown in containers. Smaller vegetable plants can thrive in containers 6 inches deep like lettuces, spinach, other greens and herbs but larger plants like bush type squashes need at least a 5 gallon container.
Seeds that are directly sown into the garden will require even moisture. A fine layer of compost or floating row cover can help keep the soil moist by decreasing evaporation. Once your seedlings are up and growing water regularly: