by Bridget Kulla
There’s nothing like walking out to your backyard garden and picking a bold, green bell pepper and a ripe, round tomato straight from the vine. When you tend to your own vegetable garden, you reap the fresh, tasty, nutrient-packed rewards, and woo your dinner guests in the process. We spoke to garden professional Karen Emmett, of Chicago’s Sprout Home, to gain the expertise necessary to get your backyard garden growing, ready to produce stunners by summer. From the best starter varieties, to the soil to use, and how much water to douse them in—here are the details you need to create and tend to a vegetable garden of your own.