Top 10 Rules for Growing Vegetables and Fruits Enjoy the delicious harvest from your very own kitchen garden. We show you how. By Marie Hofer Start small. If you're beginning your first garden, help yourself avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed with weeding and general maintenance. You can grow a surprising amount of food in a bed that's 10 to 12 square feet. This beautiful raised bed of lettuces was posted by RMSer sunangel106.