Don’t worry too much about Victory Garden design; you can start a Victory Garden in a small backyard patch or a raised garden. If you’re short on space, consider a container Victory Garden, ask around about community gardens in your neighborhood, or start your own community Victory Garden. If you’re new to gardening, it’s wise to start small; you can always expand your Victory Garden next year. You may want to join a gardening group in your area, or grab a couple of books at your local library. Most local cooperative extensions offer classes or helpful brochures and booklets about planting, watering, fertilizing, and coping with troublesome pests and disease in your area. For most vegetables and fruits, you’ll need a spot where the soil drains well and doesn’t remain soggy. Most vegetables need at least a few hours of sunlight per day, and some, like tomatoes, need all-day warmth and bright sunlight. Knowing your growing zone will help you determine what to grow. Before you plant, dig in a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure.