Map out the garden area (width and length) within your yard.
Remove all existing vegetation/plants to prevent re-growth after the garden has been planted. Also, remove any roots or other debris found in the garden area.
Prior to tilling, keep ground moist but be sure to not over-water.
For larger gardens and gardens where the ground is very compacted, utilize a rear-tine tiller to break-up the soil. For smaller gardens, and gardens where the ground has been previously tilled, use a mid-tine tiller to break up the soil. You can also check with a Tool Rental Center associate on the type of soil in your area and the recommended tiller to use.
When tilling the garden, mix in any compost or other soil nutrients needed to properly prepare the soil in your garden.
Lay down a weed block or plastic over the tilled area prior to planting to minimize weed growth and/or water retention.
Create the planting rows in the garden. The plants chosen for the garden will determine the width between each planting row.
Water, water, water,