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Whether she's whipping up a scrumptious chocolate layer cake in the Southern Living Test Kitchen or hosting her friends for an early-season crawfish boil, Ivy Odom is redefining what it means to be a Southern woman. In this episode of Hey Y'all, Ivy teams up with The Grumpy Gardener to plant the ultimate vegetable and herb garden. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to plant a vegetable garden straight from the mouth of Southern Living's gardening (and typically grouchy) guru.

It Starts With The Soil

When starting a vegetable garden, it's extremely important to purchase the right soil. You'll need the soil to be soft, loose, and come with a lot of organic matter – which attracts earth worms. The creepy crawlers are very good for a vegetable garden because they act as tiny plows, letting air and water get to the roots of plants. When planting the garden, your soil should remind you of digging into cake mix. Pick up a bag here.

Plan Before You Plant

It's important to place your vegetable plants where you want them be before digging and planting. This will help you plan and visualize the layout of your garden. Be sure to give yourself room to walk! This small and simple trick will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Give Your Plants Room To Grow

Get to know what you're planting. Certain vegetables need more room than others, and some grow deep and wide. Of course, be sure to protect your plants from insects with a simple orchard spray.


Cabbage is one of the most productive vegetables, based on square footage, that you can have in a garden.


Collards need a lot of space because they are a long-lasting plant, and they grow very large.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts grow very tall, so you'll need to plant those near a fence or post in case they need support.

Ditch The Watering Can

It takes way too much time to individually water each plant. Get yourself a simple water hose, and spray your vegetables all at once. Tip: make sure not to add too much pressure; it should be reminiscent of a typical rainfall.

There's more where that came from! If you like the Grumpy Gardener's tips and tricks, be sure to check out his book here.